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Man Who Burned Down His Grandma’s House With Her Still In It Now Accused Of Slitting His Father’s Throat

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Apr. 9 2023, Published 2:03 p.m. ET

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A Pennsylvania man who previously was convicted of burning down his 85-year-old grandmother’s house while she was still inside was arrested again, as he allegedly tried to kill his sleeping father by slitting his throat with a kitchen knife, according to authorities.

Around 1:20 a.m. on April 2, troopers responded to a call regarding an active domestic dispute involving a weapon inside a home in Chambersburg, the Daily Voice reported.

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Once at the scene, officers said they located the victim, whose name was not disclosed, standing in the doorway of the residence.

The victim was holding a towel to his neck and throat area. Troopers said the towel was “dripping blood” and showed that he had lost “significant amounts of blood."

The victim told authorities he was sleeping on the couch when his son, later identified as 43-year-old Christopher Thomas Rhone, woke him up and started attacking him with a knife, WEEO-FM reported.

Rhone was located on the property and authorities said he was taken into custody.

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Medical staff told investigators they treated the victim, who sustained “multiple puncture wounds and lacerations to the neck, head and face,” according to the Daily Voice. One lacerations was was so long and deep that medics noted that “bubbles could be seen in the wound area with the inhale and exhale of the victim.”

Officials said they have not identified a motive for Rhone allegedly attacking his father.

Attempted Murder

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Rhone was booked into the Franklin County Jail and charged with one count each of criminal attempted homicide and aggravated assault — attempting to cause severe bodily injury or causing injury with extreme indifference to human life, officials said.

This is not the first time Rhone has been in legal trouble. He was convicted in 2015 for setting his 85-year-old grandmother’s house on fire while she was inside the home, according to Public Opinion.

When asked by his stepmother why he did it, he reportedly said the home was “dirty” and he “had to clean it.”

Rhone was convicted on one count of criminal mischief and served 666 days in prison.


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