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Man pleads guilty to attacking stepfather

Man pleads guilty to attacking stepfather

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ST. GEORGE -- A Washington City man accused of attacking his stepfather and his stepfather's dog pleaded guilty and mentally ill to the charges against him.

According to the Daily Spectrum, William Jordan Flake claimed he was not in his right mind when he attacked Joe Champion in February. Investigators said Flake poured gasoline on Champion and tried to set him on fire.

Investigators said Flake went on to torture the family dog.

Champion was hospitalized for three months following the attack.

Wednesday, Flake pleaded guilty and mentally ill to charges of attempted murder with injury, aggravated arson and cruelty to animals.

Flake will be sentenced for the crimes in December; however, any sentence he is given will be served at the state hospital instead of the prison.

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