Central NY man admits setting house fire that killed his father, faces up to life in prison

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MATTYDALE, New York — A central New York man has admitted setting a fire that killed his father.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports (http://goo.gl/C9mL3q ) that 58-year-old Robert Teachout pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and will be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the death of 83-year-old Robert Teachout.

The father was found dead by firefighters who entered the burning building in the Syracuse suburb Mattydale at about 6 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2013. He was killed by smoke inhalation. His son was found behind a closed bathroom door.

Authorities said it isn't clear Teachout intended to kill his father, but he gave investigators conflicting accounts of how the fire started.

He was judged competent to stand trial after psychiatric examinations.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 22.


Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com

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