1 of 4 charged in deadly New Albany fire pleads guilty

1 of 4 charged in deadly New Albany fire pleads guilty

Shelby Makowsky walks into a Floyd County court room Tuesday where she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson, Class B felony, in connection with a deadly house fire in New Albany that killed three children and seriously injured a fourth.

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 5:54 AM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- One of four people charged in connection with a fatal New Albany fire pleaded guilty to an amended charge Tuesday.

Eighteen-year-old Shelby Makowsky was arrested in February and charged with conspiracy to commit arson,  a Class A felony, after police said she, 19-year-old Kylie Jinks and a juvenile were in the car with 18-year-old Cody Cashion on Jan. 4 when he fired a flare into a home on Ealy Street.

The flare sparked a fire in a room where four children were sleeping - killing three and seriously injuring the fourth.

WHAS11's Brittany Gonzalez said Makowsky was back in a Floyd County Court room where she accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to a Class B felony conspiracy to commit arson charge. The amended charge carries less prison time and the deal also requires Makowsky to testify against  Cashion.

Makowsky, Cashion, Jinks and a juvenile were all charged after police said Cashion fired the flare  into the home back in January.

Trinity Hughes, 2, Tyrese Hughes, 4, and Taysha Hughes, 6, were killed in the fire. Their sister, 5-year-old Tat'yana Hughes,  was seriously injured and spent months in the hospital recovering.

After his arrest, police said Cashion told investigators he fired the flare as retaliation after one of the residents allegedly robbed him.

Makowsky presented a similar story in court.

Brittany said Makowsky told the judge she and Jinks gave stolen electronics to a man that lived in the home to sell to raise money for Cashion's existing bond. Makowsky said the man took the electronics and never gave them any money, and that made them mad.

Makowasky also said they did not realize what happened after Cashion fired the flare until they saw it on the news the next day.

The Hughes family was in court, including Tat'yana, and said despite Makowsky's guilty plea they did not get the apology they hoped they would hear.

Makowsky will be sentenced May 29. She is facing 6-20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

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