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Club owner pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot

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The man charged with plotting to kill Arlington's mayor and an attorney earlier this year pleaded guilty to the crime.

Ryan Grant had maintained his innocence through his attorney, but when offered a plea deal from the United States Attorney's Office he took it.

An FBI confidential informant told investigators Grant contacted him in April, told him to find a Mexican national and said he'd pay the man $10,000 each for killing Mayor Robert Cluck and Attorney Tom Brandt.

The two men were instrumental in closing Grant's Arlington strip club, the Flashdancer Cabaret.

The FBI captured text messages and had testimony from the confidential informant that Grant gave the go-ahead to have Cluck and Brandt killed.

Investigators stepped in before that plot was carried out.

"He didn't ever really want them killed. There was talk about that. He was frustrated. He doesn't have any ill will toward the mayor in Arlington or the attorney in Dallas," said Warren St. John, Grant's attorney.

Brandt is not sure if he believes that, but he is grateful for how the case worked out and relieved not to go to trial. He said he has no ill will for Grant either.

"I'm glad he was unsuccessful in accomplishing what he wanted to accomplish," he said.

Mayor Cluck's office said he had didn't want to comment.

By accepting the plea deal, a weapon's charge against Grant was dropped and his potential prison time was reduced.

In December a judge will sentence him to up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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