Nine year sentence for teen who tried to kill parents

Liberty Township teen sentenced for attempted murder of his parents. (Photo/WLWT)
Liberty Township teen sentenced for attempted murder of his parents. (Photo/WLWT)

LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – A 17-year-old honor student who tried to kill his parents in a Butler County house fire learned his fate Tuesday.

Mitchell Simon will spend nine years behind bars.

He pleaded guilty last week to aggravated arson and attempted murder.

Back in October, the 17 year old tied his parents’ bedroom door shut, doused the hallway with gas and then set fire to the house while they slept.

His father jumped from a second floor window while firefighters rescued his mother.

The sheriff says at the time, it was all part of a plan the boy spelled out in a journal that was carried out because he was upset about being disciplined over an inappropriate Facebook post and missing band practice.

“I can’t take away that night, I can’t away how my parents felt, and I can’t take away any nightmares, or visions or re-occurrences that they see in their mind about what happened. But I do want to say that I love them dearly, and I’m sorry for getting myself into this spot. And I do wish that I can get the help that I need and be a better member of society,” said Mitchell Simon.

In addition to the nine year sentence, Simon will also have to serve five years probation and register with the Sheriff’s Department for ten years once he gets out of prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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