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Son Allegedly Torches Home Telling Sister Time For Parents To Die

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:14:02 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

McLean County Prosecutors say a 24-year old Bloomington man told his sister that it was time for their parents to die before setting the family home on fire. A probable cause statement by the office of State's Attorney Jason Chambers indicates 24-year old Joshua Hoeniges allegedly started five separate fires in the house in the 12-hundred block of West Walnut Street early Tuesday morning. Hoeniges is being held on a million dollars bond. He faces Attempted Murder and Aggravated Arson charges. The court statement also indicates Hoeniges had helped celebrate his father Martin's birthday with an evening of drinking. His parents went to bed. Hoeniges sister allegedly woke up about two o'clock in the morning, smelled smoke, found Hoeniges' flaming shirt in a coffee table drawer, and Hoeniges pretending to be asleep on the living room couch next to the table. Prosecutors say the sister threw the shirt out and then Hoeniges forced her and her younger brother out of the home. Joshua Hoeniges' father Martin remains on a ventilator in the hospital. Officers managed to get Hoeniges' parents out of the building.

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