Craig Titus

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Craig Michael Titus
Personal Info
Born(1965-01-14) January 14, 1965 (age 48)
Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.
Height5' 8"
Weight(In Season) 242 lbs.
(Off-Season) 267 lbs.
Professional Career
Pro-debut

1988 NPC Houston Bodybuilding Championships -- 1st

Middleweight and Overall, 1988
Best winNPC USA Championships -- 1st Heavyweight and Overall, 1996
PredecessorPhilip Hernon, Jr.
SuccessorJason Arntz
ActiveRetired 2005
 
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Craig Michael Titus
Personal Info
Born(1965-01-14) January 14, 1965 (age 48)
Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.
Height5' 8"
Weight(In Season) 242 lbs.
(Off-Season) 267 lbs.
Professional Career
Pro-debut

1988 NPC Houston Bodybuilding Championships -- 1st

Middleweight and Overall, 1988
Best winNPC USA Championships -- 1st Heavyweight and Overall, 1996
PredecessorPhilip Hernon, Jr.
SuccessorJason Arntz
ActiveRetired 2005
Craig Michael Titus
Born(1967-01-14) January 14, 1967 (age 46)
Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.
Conviction(s)Pled guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree arson, and first-degree battery
Penalty21-55 years in state prison
Conviction statusIncarcerated
SpouseKelly Ann Ryan, 2003-2009

Craig Michael Titus (born January 14, 1965,[1] in Wyandotte, Michigan) is an American former IFBB professional bodybuilder and a convicted murderer.

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Early life

Titus is of French and Greek origin with a French mother and a Greek father. He lived most of his early life in Riverview, near Detroit. He has a younger brother, Kevin, and a younger sister, Nicole. Titus played high school football but quit because he was too small. He also wrestled at 132 lbs. After graduation Titus decided to put on some muscle by weight training.

Career

When Titus graduated from high school, he was 5'6" and 140 lbs. By the age of 21, he was 5'9" and 185 lbs. Once he started seeing good results from weight training, he decided to become a bodybuilder. Titus's first bodybuilding show was the 1988 Houston Bodybuilding Championships in which he won the Men's Open middleweight class and the overall title.

Personal life

Titus wrote a monthly column for Muscular Development from July 2003 until November 2005. Previously married to bodybuilder Kelly Ann Ryan, Ryan filed for divorce while both were in prison in connection with the murder of Melissa James. The divorce became final in December 2009.

Criminal convictions

In April 1995 in Louisiana, Titus pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Ecstasy, and was sentenced to 16 months house arrest via monitoring with an electronic anklet. In July 1997, Titus was sentenced to 21 months in prison for violating his probation by using anabolic steroids.

In December 2005, Titus and his wife Kelly Ryan were implicated in the death of Melissa James, their personal assistant, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Titus admitted to an affair with James.[2] After fleeing cross-country, the couple were arrested in Stoughton, Massachusetts. The FBI claimed intelligence that Titus and Ryan might have been trying to head to Greece; Titus is of Greek descent, and Greece has no extradition treaty with the United States. In February 2006, after being extradited to Nevada from Boston, Titus and Ryan were denied bail. On March 29, both pleaded not guilty to a felony charge for killing their live-in assistant. The charge carries the possibility of the death penalty, although prosecutors said they have not decided whether to seek it. Anthony Gross, also charged as an accomplice in the crime, pled guilty in February 2009 and received probation.

Despite previous statements asserting their innocence, both Titus and Ryan pled guilty to various charges on May 30, 2008, just days before their murder trial was set to begin in Las Vegas. On August 22, 2008, Titus was convicted of second degree murder, kidnapping and arson.[3] He was sentenced to 21 to 55 years in prison.[4] With time served from the date of capture, Craig Titus is eligible for parole release on December 23, 2026.

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References

  1. ^ http://www.bodybuilders.com/titus.htm
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Offender Detail Record". Nevada Offender Tracking Information System. http://www.doc.nv.gov/inmatesearch/form.php. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
  4. ^ [2]

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