Man Admits Arson in Gamble and Huff Fire
Man admits to arson, though attorney says he was too drunk to remember doing it
A man has admitted setting fire to the offices of a famous Philadelphia record label, though his attorney says he was too drunk to remember doing it.
Christopher Cimini pleaded guilty to arson and related charges on Tuesday in the blaze at Philadelphia International Records.
The label was home to Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls and the O'Jays. Owners Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff lost much of their memorabilia to fire, smoke or water damage.
Investigators had said Cimini was likely drunk and thought he was somewhere else when he broke into, vandalized and set a fire in the downtown building Feb. 21.
Defense lawyer Gina Capuano said Tuesday that Cimini's blood-alcohol content was four times the legal limit for driving.
He'll be sentenced Sept. 10.
Published at 3:45 PM EDT on Jul 13, 2010
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