Judge hands down maximum sentence for Cody Cashion


by Brooke Hasch and Amy Stallings


Posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 1:25 PM

The man charged in a deadly house fire that killed three New Albany children back in January was sentenced to 65 years in prison Monday morning.

Cody Cashion, 19, received 65 years for each of the three counts of murder and 50 years for one count of arson. His sentence will run concurrently, with time already served. The earliest possibility of parole is Aug. 9, 2046.

Police said Cashion fired a flare into a home on Ealy Street. The flare sparked a blaze that killed 2-year-old Trinity Hughes, 4-year-old Tyrese Hughes and 6-year-old Taz'iah Hughes. Their sibling, Tatyana Hughes, was injured but survived.

The Hughes family was also in the court room.

Theresa Hughes, the children's mother, tried to speak in court but became overwhelmed with emotion.

"It's unbearable. I miss my kids every day," she said.

Theresa's mother, Marie Clark, took over and spoke on behalf of the family.

"I have to go to a graveside to talk to them. It's not fair. They were innocent babies," Clark said. "I thought I was going to die in that moment. My daughter has made some bad choices. But nothing she did that night caused this."

"The course of our lives have been changed forever because of their actions that night. I would not wish this on my worst enemy, if I had one," Clark said, while begging Judge Susan Orth to hand down the highest sentence for Cashion. "Give my grand babies justice here today. That's all I have to give them.”

Cashion briefly spoke to the Hughes family before his sentencing.

"There's no excuse for what I did," Cashion said. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry."

Before handing down her sentence, Judge Orth spoke on the factors that helped weigh her decision, the biggest of which was Cashion’s extensive criminal history, which included battery, theft and escaping police custody. Orth, along with prosecutors, acknowledged Cashion was a dangerous man with no regard for the law.

Kylie Jenks, Cashion's girlfriend at the time of the incident, Shelby Makowsky and a 17-year-old were all in the car the night he fired a flare in to the home. All three were charged in connection with the incident.

Jenks also entered a plea deal and is awaiting a Sept. 9 sentencing for a charge of conspiracy to commit arson.

Makowsky pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson back in May and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The 17-year-old was charged as a juvenile and the case was handled in juvenile court.