New Albany family optimistic about Cashion's sentencing Monday

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 7:45 AM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – Cody Cashion, 18, is due in a Floyd County court room Monday at 9 a.m. and will be sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of murder and one count of arson.

Cashion pleaded guilty to the charges after police said he fired a flare into a New Albany home, igniting a massive blaze that killed three children and injured a fourth.

Tyrese, Trinity, Tai’zah Hughes were killed. Their sibling Tatayana survived but suffered severe burns.

Saturday, just days ahead of Cashion's sentencing, the family held a celebration for Tatayana’s sixth birthday. It was also a celebration to honor her  three siblings. 

Both Tatayana’s grandmother and mother said they will speak at the sentencing.

“We’re a little nervous,” Marie Clark, Tatayana’s grandmother, said.  “We want to go in there knowing that we’re gonna get justice for the babies. And, it’s just hard to tell what’s gonna happen.”

Cashion guilty plea was part of a plea deal with Floyd County prosecutors and he face 45 to 65 years in prison.

Clark said she plans to tell the judge how his actions changed her family, and Tatayana’s life. She hopes that might persuade the judge to give him the maximum 65 years.

“You just never know how those things are gonna go,” she said.  “We’re just really hopeful.”

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