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Cashion accepts plea deal in murders of three children

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Cody Cashion (Source: WAVE 3 Archives) Cody Cashion (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
The three Hughes children killed in the fire. (Source: Family photos) The three Hughes children killed in the fire. (Source: Family photos)
Shelby Makowsky (Source: WAVE 3 Archives) Shelby Makowsky (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
The scene of the fire. (Source: WAVE 3 Archives) The scene of the fire. (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – The man accused of starting a January fire that killed three young children and left a fourth badly burned has pleaded guilty.

Cody Cashion, 18, entered a guilty plea to three counts of murder and one count of arson resulting in serious bodily injury during an appearance in Floyd County Superior Court on July 18.

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During the early morning hours of January 4, Cashion fired a flare into a home on Ealy Street. The resulting fire killed 2-year-old Trinity, 4-year-old Tyrese and 6-year-old Tai'zah Hughes and badly burned their sister, 5-year-old Tatyana Hughes.

The children were in a bedroom of the home where the flare landed. They had been put to bed by their mother who was at the home visiting a girlfriend.

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According to prosecutors, Cashion, along with Shelby Makowsky, 18, Kylie Jenks, 19, and a 17-year old girl, were trying to exact revenge on a man who lived at the home. He was not there at the time. Makowsky pleaded guilty on a charge of conspiracy to commit arson. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Jenks and the juvenile are still awaiting trial.

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In late May, prosecutors said Cashion had until August 5 to accept a plea deal or the case would go to trial.

Under the plea agreement Cashion could face 65 years in prison. He will be formally sentenced on August 18.

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