Teen pleads guilty to trying to kill parents

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – A 17-year-old honor student from southwest Ohio has pleaded guilty to charges that he tried to kill his parents by tying their bedroom doors shut and setting the house on fire.

The teen pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder and arson charges in the October fire in Liberty Township, a northern Cincinnati suburb. His trial had been scheduled to start Monday.

Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Craig Hedric has tentatively set sentencing for Wednesday, after hearing testimony in a planned mitigation hearing.

The teen’s 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.

His parents escaped with minor injuries.