Mom of New Albany fire victims: Suspects need 'maximum' sentence


by Johnny Archer

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 16 at 9:27 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – A mother loses three of her young children in a fire and spends weeks by the hospital bed of the one child who survived.

“It’s been a long, hard journey,” Theresa Hughes said. “It’s very hard trying to keep your mind sane.”

It’s how Hughes describes life after she lost her children in a house fire on January 4.

Now, a total of four people are charged with causing that fire in New Albany on Ealy Street.

“But why are they so heartless and cold hearted to where they knew what was going on,” she said. “That’s what keeps replaying in my head. You all knew because you went back and did it, [to] try to cover up the evidence.”

Investigators say Kylie Jinks, Shelby Makowsky and a juvenile were with 18-year-old Cody Cashion when he shot a flare inside the home after a dispute with someone who lived there.

Officials say after the fire, the suspects returned to the scene searching for the flare to hide the evidence.

“They all could be held equally responsible for these deaths. But at the same time, I believe that Cody Cashion is most responsible,” Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said.

Cashion is facing three counts of felony murder while the other three are charged with conspiracy to commit arson.

Hughes wants to see all four get the maximum penalty.

“They took my kids’ life. They need the maximum sentence. I don’t care what it is,” she said. “They don’t need to get out. They need to suffer like I’m suffering. They need to think about it when they go to sleep; when they wake up. They need to think about what they did.”

It’s a ruling that will come from inside a Floyd County courtroom.