A Liberty Township teen is facing murder charges after he has been accused of intentionally setting a fire late Wednesday night in his family’s home.
Mitchell Simon, 16, was booked in the Butler County juvenile detention facility at 4 a.m.
He is being charged as a juvenile with two counts aggravated attempted murder and one count of aggravated arson, said Butler County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Monte Mayer.
Simon’s mother and father were injured after a fire broke out at their Tarragon Court home.
The sheriff’s office plans to ask Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser to charge Simon as an adult. A message was left with Gmoser Thursday afternoon seeking comment.
It appears the fire was purposely started in two different spots of the upstairs main hallway, one of which was in front his parents’ master bedroom, according to Fire Chief Paul Stumpf.
Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones said the door of the bedroom had been tied shut.
Jones said Simon, a junior at Lakota West High School and honor-roll student, confessed and “showed no remorse.”
Simon has no known psychological problems or prior criminal record, he said. Still, the teen mapped out a detailed plan on how he was going to kill his parents.
“This is a well thought out plan,” Jones said. “In 40 years, I’ve never seen this and it was almost successful. A lot of people could have been killed or hurt. When you are 16 years old and trying to kill people and tie their door shut, this is serious stuff.”
Jones declined to disclose additional details about the plan or to say what sparked the dispute. It was over something fairly minor, he said.
“It was just a parent saying you can’t do this or you can’t do that,” Jones said.
Both parents are shocked their son would executive such a cold, calculated plot against them, he added.
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