Man gets 17 to 34 years in arson that killed elderly father

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – A northeastern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 17 to 34 years in prison in an arson that killed his father.

Forty-eight-year-old Kevin Brown pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder and arson a year ago in Lackawanna County in the November 2013 death of 78-year-old James Brown in Scranton.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports that Kevin Brown’s voice trembled with emotion as he told a judge Friday that he “killed the most dear person in my life.”

Neighbors told police that they rushed to the burning house in November 2014 and were told by the defendant that his father was inside and they should “Let him die.”

Authorities said he later told police that he set the fire because the older man often made mistakes writing checks.

Information from: The Times-Tribune

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