Man pleads guilty to 2009 campus fire in NE Ohio

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A onetime student has pleaded guilty in a fire that caused $8 million in damage at a community college in northeast Ohio.

Twenty-nine-year-old Drew Manns of Elyria (eh-LEER’-ee-uh) pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated arson in the 2009 fire at Lorain County Community College. No one was hurt in the fire.

Manns faces up to eight years in prison at his sentencing Nov. 18.

The fire forced the cancellation of classes for two days, and smoke entered several buildings on the campus through underground tunnels and ventilation systems. Manns was attending high school GED classes on the campus at the time of the fire.

Defense attorney Jay Milano says his client’s life has been affected since birth by brain damage.

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