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Teen pleads guilty in connection with New Albany fire that killed three children

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- One of four teens facing charges in connection with a New Albany house fire that killed three children has pleaded guilty. 

Shelby Makowsky, 18, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson in a Floyd County courtroom Tuesday. 

"They stole their lives, so why should they get to have a chance at life and still live freely, eventually get out someday, and possibly have babies of their own," said Marie Clark, the victims' grandmother.

Police say Makowsky was with 18-year-old Cody Cashion when fired a flare gun into a New Albany home on Ealy Street around 2 a.m. on Jan. 4. Police say 19-year-old Kylie Jenks and a 17-year-old juvenile were in the car.

"Just to do it and go on with their life like they didn't do anything, that ain't right. That ain't no heart at all. If it was, they would have done something instead of going on with their life like they didn't do anything," said Teresa Hughes, the victims' mother.

The fire killed 6-year-old Tai'zah, 4-year-old Tyrese and 2-year-old Trinity. Their sister, 5-year-old Taty'Ana, was the only survivor.

Makowsky says she was asked to sell stolen electronics to pay for Cashion's bond in December. But she claims she was never paid, and Cashion decided they would retaliate by shooting a flare into the house on Ealy Street.

Investigators say the teens did not know the children were in the home.

"I don't care that they keep saying they didn't know the babies were in there. You shooting a flare, that's fire. Everybody know what fire does. Fire kills," Clark said.

"One day they get to walk free, and our babies are gone forever."

Prosecutors say they hold Cashion "the most culpable" in the deadly fire, but bond had been set at $100,000 for Jenks and Makowsky.

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