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Teen appears in court on attempted aggravated murder charges

Teen suspect, photo blurred, from Facebook. Teen suspect, photo blurred, from Facebook.
It happened at a home in the 7100 block of Tarragon Court on Oct. 23. It happened at a home in the 7100 block of Tarragon Court on Oct. 23.

A Butler County teen, charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson after deputies say he hatched and executed a plot to harm his parents, appeared in court on Tuesday. 

The suspect shook hands with his father and hugged his mother. The suspect's father is in a wheelchair after he jumped from the second story window of the house trying to escape the fire. 

Crews were called to the 7100 block of Tarragon Ct. on Oct. 23 to put out a house fire.

When they arrived, deputies found resident Perry Simon, 50, outside of the house where he had jumped from the second story window, breaking both of his legs.

His wife, Sharon Simon, 56, escaped her second story bedroom with the help of Liberty Township fire crews and deputies. Officers said the couple thought their 16-year-old son was still inside the home.

However, he allegedly had tied his parents' bedroom door shut, started a fire outside their door, stole his dad's car and left the scene. He was tracked down a short time later by authorities.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said the teen confessed, showing no remorse.

"There's been many efforts and attempts to portray this kid as what he's not and something much worse than what he is," said the 16-year-old's attorney, Brad Kraemer. "He's still a 16-year-old kid; He's a scared kid. He has rights and things that have to happen before he can be put in an adult prison, which we have seen as everyone's goal at this point. 

The teen was charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated arson. Sheriff Jones has previously said he wants to press for the teen to be tried as an adult.

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