Kansas teen charged as adult in fatal fire

Hutchinson fire, September 26, 2013 (KSN Photo/Nicholas Kieffer)

HUTCHINSON, Kansas – A judge has ruled that a Hutchinson teenager will be tried as an adult in a fatal fire that killed his mother and sister.

Reno County Judge Patti Macke-Dick made the ruling Tuesday. It says 15-year-old Sam Vonachen should be prosecuted as an adult.

Prosecutors allege Vonachen set the fire by pouring gasoline throughout the house. His 47-year-old mother, Karla Jo Vonachen, and his 7-year-old sister, Audrey, died. The boy’s father escaped the fire.

The fire that engulfed the two-story house back on September 26th, 2013. The home was located at 19th and Main.

Vonachen was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and arson.

He will be in court for 11 a.m. Wednesday. He is being held on a $1 million bond.


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