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Lola Atkinson agrees to plead guilty in deal with prosecutor


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Lola Atkinson was scheduled to be on trial next week but that has been cancelled  now that she has cut a deal with prosecutors.

She was an award winning and revered member of the Kalamazoo Community, the first Vice-president of the NAACP, and a property owner.

Atkinson will be sentenced on Sept. 22nd for conspiracy to commit arson.

Public Safety allegedly set up a video-taped sting to record Atkinson and her Handy-man paying off a tenant to get her to move from the rental property they planned to burn down for the insurance.

In exchange for Atkinson’s guilty plea, Prosecutors will drop a second charge of attempted arson and will leave sentencing up to the judge.

Handyman Elvis Patterson has already cut a similar deal.