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Teen, friend accused of plotting to kill parents in Albany

The sheriff’s office said they received a call Oct. 25 from a concerned father who had received information that his son wanted to give him and his wife sleeping pills and light the house on fire to kill them.

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 2:39 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2018 11:46 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a plot to kill one of the boy’s parents, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office said they received a call Oct. 25 from a concerned father who had received information that his son wanted to give him and his wife sleeping pills and light the house on fire to kill them.

Deputies took a 14-year-old from Albany into custody Saturday night on two charges of attempted aggravated murder and first-degree attempted arson. Deputies said this a very difficult case for everyone involved. 

"He did not want discipline, he wanted to live his life the way he wanted to live," Said Greg Ridler, Benton County Undersheriff. "The fact they didn't take it seriously contributed to the length it took us to discover what had happened and allowed for the possibility he could've completed these activities."

His alleged accomplice, a 13-year-old boy, was taken into custody Monday on two counts of attempted aggravated murder after the sheriff’s office said he admitted to giving his friend the sleep aid medication to kill his parents.

Neither of the teens have criminal histories. Both are lodged at the Linn-Benton Detention Center in Linn County.

Several friends were reportedly aware of the son’s plot.

The sheriff’s office said youth should report suspicious activity anonymously to Safe Oregon at 844-472-3347 or tip@safeoregon.com.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 541-766-6858.

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