Teens Who Allegedly Plotted to Give Parents Sleeping Pills, Burn Them Alive, Charged with Attempted Aggravated Murder

A call from a concerned father led to the arrest of two Oregon teenagers for plotting to murder one of the teen’s parents.

On Saturday, officers from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 14-year-old male teenager from Albany, Oregon, and charged him with two charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder and Attempted Arson in the First degree. He was booked at the Linn-Benton Detention Center in Linn County, Oregon.

Then, on Monday, Benton County officers made a second arrest in connection to the alleged murder plot. A13-year-old male teenager was identified in a press release from the sheriff’s office as the “accomplice” of the 14-year-old who was arrested on Saturday. Given that the teenagers are minors, the sheriff’s office has not released the their names.

The 13-year-old was charged with two counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder for the “substantial steps” he took to help his friend in the crime. Officers interviewed the 13-year-old before his arrest on Monday, during which time he admitted to giving his friend a sleep aid medication with the intent that it would kill his friend’s parents. He was also booked at the Linn Benton Detention Center.

GettyImages-103348532 A City of Miami police car with lights ablaze responds to a call as they patrol the street on August 11, 2010, in Miami. On Saturday and Monday officers in Oregon arrested two teenagers for plotting to murder one of the teen's parents. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Officers were made aware of the teenagers’ alleged plan to murder the 14-year-old’s parents when a “concerned father” called the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. He told officers that he received information that his son had a plan to kill him and his wife. The plan was for the 14-year-old to give them both sleeping pills and then light the house on fire.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office said in the press release that several friends of the 13- and 14-year-olds were aware of the son’s plot, but added that neither of the teenagers have a criminal history.  Benton County Undersheriff Greg Ridler told The Oregonian that a teenager who heard the plot told the father of the 14-year-old, who then called the police.

"Eventually the information got to us and thankfully we were able to investigate this before anything happened," Ridler said, "but we really want to impress on kids that if they hear any information about other kids planning to commit violent acts, let their parents know and inform law enforcement."

In 1994, Oregon voters approved a ballot measure, known as Measure 11, which set minimum mandatory sentences for serious crimes. Attempted Aggravated Murder has a minimum sentence of 10 years and Arson in the first degree has a minimum sentence of seven years and six months. However, Ridler told The Oregonian that since both teens are under the age of 15, they will not be tried as adults and therefore the mandatory sentences do not apply.

The sheriff’s office asked anyone with information related to the case to call (541) 766-6858.

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