A man from Bolingbrook set his mother's garage on fire and sent her threatening text messages. (Posted on: November 20, 2013)

A Bolingbrook man doing time for setting fire to his mother's garage is facing new charges after he allegedly tried to hire someone to murder her while he was locked up.

Scott A. Rokita, 42, formally of the 500 block of Sharon Way, is now facing felony solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder charges, according to Bolingbrook Lt. Michael Rompa.

He had been serving three years at the Vandalia Correctional Center after pleading guilty in March to a felony criminal damage to property and a misdemeanor protection order violation charge, according to Rompa and the Illinois Department of Corrections website.

Those charges were in connection to a May 2012 incident where he set fire to his mother's garage and sent her threatening text messages.

"Additional information was revealed that Rokita solicited the murder of the victim on the original order of protection, while he was incarcerated," Rompa said.

Bolingbrook detectives filed the new charges on Nov. 12, and Rokita was transferred to the Will County jail on Nov. 14, according to Rompa and Will County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer.

Bolingbrook police would not release the new criminal complaint against Rokita, citing the pending nature of the case.

No other arrests have been made in connection to the case, Rompa said.

Rokita's mother could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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