Monday, May 21, 2012
"TRIANGLE, NY — Police are calling the fire that incinerated this town of Triangle home Saturday night a murder/suicide. Police say 61-year-old Larry Oney shot his three-year-old daughter Allison while setting their house on fire, then shot himself in the head.
"All to get revenge on his 39-year-old wife Melissa Oney, who police say told her husband earlier that day she wanted a divorce.
"`That was part of his torture to her to tell her how he was going to kill their daughter and himself and burn the house down. She could watch and remember for the rest of her life,` said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.
"Police say Larry Oney originally threatened to kill his wife before deciding he would instead bound her and put her in a car to watch him exact his revenge.
"Larry Oney sliced Melissa Oney's achilles tendon to prevent her escape, police say. But she was able to free herself enough to call 9-1-1 on her cell phone and flag down help.
"`The deputies upon responding were advised there was a subject in his house with a gun. he was going to kill the daughter and burn the house down,` said Harder.
"Broome County Sheriff's Deputies tried to enter the house to save the child but the house was engulfed beyond entry. The fire also set off unused ammunition in the house.
"`Rounds were going off as the house was burning. They thought the subject inside or in that area was shooting at them,` said Harder.
"Larry Oney was a pilot and police had the Greater Binghamton Airport lock down his plane in case Oney tried to use it to flee the area.
"That was before they discovered the bodies of Larry and Allison Oney were found beneath the rubble. Melissa Oney is at Wilson Hospital and is expected to recover from her injuries after surgery Saturday night."