Antun Lewis was found guilty Friday in a re-trial of charges stemming from the deadliest fire in Cleveland’s history.
The May 21, 2005 fire killed 33-year-old Medeia Carter, four of her children and four other children attending a 14th-birthday sleepover.
Lewis could face life in prison if convicted.
Authorities say Lewis was upset over a drug debt and dumped gasoline to set what became Cleveland’s deadliest house fire.
Lewis has always maintained his innocence. He knew some of the victims and says he would never harm a child.
A federal judge granted the retrial in February 2012 because he said that the conviction was based on unreliable witnesses.