NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A Southern Indiana teenager charged in connection with a fire that killed three small children was given the maximum sentence -- 20 years in prison May 29.
Eighteen-year-old Shelby Makowsky pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson.
She has an extensive criminal history, which is why the judge said he handed down such a hefty penalty.
She was in the car with Cody Cashion when he fired a flare gun into a home on Ealy Street in New Albany. Four small children were sleeping inside. Three died but a 3-year-old girl survived.
Tatyana Hughes was there for Thursday's sentencing.
Witnesses said Makowsky apologized and cried when shown photos of the children.
Makowsky's family said they believe she has accepted her fate.
She will now have to testify against her co-defendants.