Community Reacts to Twardoski Guilty Verdict
PERCY -- Derrick Twardoski was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for a fire that tore apart a family and rattled their community. In May, 2013, authorities say he set fire to the Owen family home in Percy.
Four children were killed: a 12-year-old, a nine year old, and 5-year-old twins. Prosecutors agreed to a bench trial for Twardoski Wednesday, even though it means he'll avoid a life sentence.
Twardoski will be sentenced in October. Investigators are still not commenting on the motive for the crime. Once the investigation is wrapped up, the house will be torn down.
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