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Man takes plea deal in case of stabbing, fire

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 14:41:53-05

CINCINNATI — A man accused of fatally stabbing someone and then returning later to burn any evidence agreed to a plea deal Wednesday.

Albert McCants, 44, stabbed Cleophis Carson multiple times in Carson's West Eighth Street apartment on Dec. 6, 2015, prosecutors said in court documents. McCants stole some of Carson's items and some cash, and then fled.

McCants then returned early Dec. 7 and set multiple fires in various parts of the apartment building in an attempt to destroy any evidence he left behind, according to court documents.

Firefighters found Carson's body when they came to put out the fire.

McCants pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, theft, tampering with evidence and obstructing official business.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 12.