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Man pleads guilty to one count of murder in connection to house fire

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

A man has pleaded guilty to one count of murder in connection to a deadly 2013 fire that happened in Percy, Illinois.

According to the Randolph County States Attorney's Office, Derrick J. Twardoski, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder in court on Wednesday.

Twardoski has a sentencing court date on Oct. 3 at 9 a.m.

Ethan Owen, 12, Kailey Owen, 9, Brandon and Landon Owen, both 5 (twin brothers), died in the fire that broke out before 2 a.m. on May 10, 2013 in Percy, Illinois.

An uncle of the father of the home says the four children who died were sleeping on the second floor of the home.

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