HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old honor student faces sentencing on charges that he tried to kill his parents by tying their bedroom doors shut and setting their suburban southwest Ohio home on fire.
The teen pleaded guilty last week to attempted murder and arson counts in the fire last October in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township.
Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Craig Hedric (HED’-rik) plans to sentence the teen Tuesday after hearing from witnesses about the teen’s mental state and other factors.
A defense attorney has maintained that the teen’s real intention was to prevent his parents from stopping him from harming himself and that his action was a cry for help.
The Associated Press isn’t naming the youth or his parents because of his age.