Bloomington man convicted of aggravated arson

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BLOOMINGTON - A  25-year-old Bloomington man has been convicted of aggravated arson after being acquitted of attempted murder.

After 23 hours of deliberation, the McLean County jury came to a decision in Joshua Hoeniges' case on Monday.

Hoeniges was charged in connection to a fire at his family's home in March.  The attempted murder charge he faced accused him of deliberately setting the house on fire while his parents and siblings were inside.

During the trial, Hoeniges' lawyer argued that the fire was an accident, ignited after a night of drinking by several family members, including Hoeniges.

Hoeniges faces six to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced.

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