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Jury convicts 19-year-old in father's death

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A jury has convicted a 19-year-old of starting a fire last Dec. 11 that killed his father.

The Stark County Common Pleas Court jury deliberated for nearly 15 hours over two days before reaching a decision Friday in the trial of Jonathan Anderson, of Massillon.

Anderson was convicted of aggravated murder and aggravated arson. The jury will return next week to decide whether to recommend execution or life in prison.

Jurors rejected the defense that Anderson doused his home with lamp oil in the middle of the night and lit it to scare his father, not kill him.

Ernest "Dean" Anderson, 51, did not wake up in time and was trapped on the second floor. He died of burns and smoke inhalation as his wife, son and daughter ran to safety.

Prosecutors said Jonathan Anderson was part of a plot designed to kill his father.

Anderson's mother, Vickie Anderson, 48, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated murder and arson charges in exchange for a life sentence. She said her husband was abusive.

The family initially said a dog started the fire by knocking over an oil lamp.

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