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Strip Club Fire
(2008-05-01)
(wgvu) - A man accused of setting fire to a Detroit strip
club to cover up his theft of lottery tickets while cleaning the
building has pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Twenty-five-year-old Terry Crooks of Southfield pleaded guilty
Wednesday to causing malicious damage by fire. He faces between
five years' and five years, three months' imprisonment and remains
jailed awaiting sentencing July 30.
Crooks worked for a company that cleaned Cheetah's On the Strip
Gentlemen's Club.
U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy says Crooks set the fire March 3,
2005, after a supervisor told him the company was being fired
because Crooks stole lottery tickets.
Defense lawyer Ronald Kaplovitz says Crooks pleaded guilty
because he wanted to accept responsibility for his actions.
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