Texas club owner pleads guilty in hit man case

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Posted: Sep 06, 2012 1:14 PM
Texas club owner pleads guilty in hit man case

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The owner of a topless club has pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill a suburban North Texas mayor and a city attorney.

Ryan Walker Grant of Kennedale entered the plea before U.S. District Judge John McBryde on Thursday.

The 34-year-old Grant faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 28.

Authorities said Grant directed the failed plot to kill Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and attorney Tom Brandt because of a dispute over his club, Flashdancer Cabaret.

The city has called the club a nuisance, linking it to drugs and prostitution. Grant agreed to close the club for a year last January, but the city has since sought to close it permanently by revoking its license.