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Man pleads guilty to setting fire to Shakespearean theater

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a renown Shakespearean theater and several other structures in four towns. The Connecticut Post reports 20-year-old Christopher Sakowicz, of Stratford, faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to arson charges on Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court. Sentencing is set for Sept. 10. The American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford was destroyed in the January 2019 blaze. Its stage had been graced by the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Plummer and James Earl Jones. The theater was built in 1955 and modeled after London's Globe Theatre, which famously burned in 1613. Two other men were charged in the Connecticut fire.

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