Teen gets 9 years prison for setting his house on fire to kill his parents over Facebook postBy Mason White 11:27 AM June 19, 2014
By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A teenager will spend time behind bars after he tried to burn his parents alive for punishing him.
The teen was upset because his parents punished him for an inappropriate Facebook post and for missing band practice.
The 16-year-old of Ohio, who was accused of trying to kill his parents by setting their house on fire, has pleaded guilty to arson and attempted murder.
Mitchell Simon was accused of a “cold and calculated murder plot,” in which he locked his parents’ bedroom by tying their door shut so that they cannot escape.
He then poured gasoline in the hall leading to their bedroom and set the home on fire.
His 50-year-old father jumped from their second floor window to save his own life. Liberty Township fire crews rescued the teenager’s mother from the burning house.
Simon admitted that his intention that night was to cause as much bodily harm to their parents as possible without injuring himself, according to detectives on the case.
Simon was charged as an adult and sentenced to 9 years behind bars.
Simon was also ordered to register as an arsonist for 10 years as a result of a new law that took effect last year.