ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- A volunteer firefighter was charged Wednesday with killing his wife and four young children by setting fire to their home in a village in upstate New York.
Eric Parsons, 25, led sheriff's deputies on a chase for up to 12 miles when they moved in to arrest him at his mother's home in the village of Lodi, about 50 miles southeast of Rochester, police said.
After his capture, he was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and arson. If convicted, he could get 25 years to life in prison.
Parsons' wife, Cheryl, 23, and their children, aged 15 months to 6 years old, died Nov. 5 at their new home in the village of Romulus, about 10 miles from Lodi. Parsons escaped the blaze with minor injuries.
A week after the fire, authorities disclosed that a flammable substance was found in the charred ruins of the house, and they classified the deaths as homicides.
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