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2 arrested for home invasion, arson

James Pennington (Source: DeSoto County SO) James Pennington (Source: DeSoto County SO)
Jerry Pennington (Source: DeSoto County SO) Jerry Pennington (Source: DeSoto County SO)
HERNANDO, MS (WMC) -

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department have arrested two men following a home invasion and arson in Hernando, Mississippi.

Jerry Pennington, Jr., 44, and James Pennington, 23, have been arrested. Both are charged with arson, armed robbery, attempted murder and kidnapping.

The victim, Randy Todd, was found outside the house by a neighbor.

Todd told deputies he was tied up and robbed before his house was set on fire by the suspects. He was taken to Baptist DeSoto Hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation.

Todd’s nephew said the robbers dragged his uncle, tied him up, put saran wrap on his face and lit the room on fire.

"Luckily he rubbed his face on the carpet and rubbed he saran wrap loose and somehow made it out of the house right before it went up in flames," his nephew said.

Family members said one of the suspects used to work for another relative. They said he has recently been in jail and they want to know why he was out.

The home is completely black with furniture destroyed and the ceiling hanging down. All proof of what Todd had to go through to make it out alive. Family said they are just happy that he was able to make it out alive.

"One day at a time, that's all we can do,” his nephew said. “You just got to keep your head up and keep going.”

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