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Cody Cashion pleads guilty to murder and arson in connection with fatal New Albany fire

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Cody Cashion has pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and one count of arson in connection with the January fire in New Albany that killed three children.

The plea came down at 11 a.m. on Friday.

The 18-year-old was charged with three counts of murder and one count of arson after police say he fired a flare gun into a home on Ealy Street in New Albany in January. The house caught on fire. Inside were 6-year-old Tai'zah, 4-year-old Tyrese, and 2-year-old Trinity, along with 5-year-old Taty'ana.

Only 5-year-old Taty'Ana Hughes survived.

Taty'ana's grandmother, Marie Clark, says she was happy to hear Cashion plead guilty.

"Just headed towards closure.This was the main one that we were waiting for, that we were hoping for that we were thinking that we would have to end up going to trial and then for this to come out of nowhere was just awesome. Just awesome," says Marie Clark.

Cashion was offered a plea deal in May, and had until August to accept it.

"He plead open, meaning there was no sentence recommendation from the state. The only thing we did agree upon was that all 4 sentences will be run concurrently," says Floyd County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Steve Owen.

Cashion faces anywhere from 45 to 65 years in prison.

He will be formally sentenced at 9:00 a.m. on Aug. 18, in the Floyd County Superior Court 1.

Taty'ana Hughes, along with her mother and grandmother were all in the courtroom on Friday.

They brought photos of the three young children to hold onto.

Taty'ana's mom says she's thankful for this guilty plea.

"It finally happened and justice is being served, but it was very emotional as they were reading off every one of my kids names and behind it they were saying murder," says Theresa Hughes.

Three other teens, including a juvenile, have been charged in connection to the fire.

Shelby Makowsky has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson, and was sentenced to 20 years.

Steve Owen says he expects Kylie Jenks to plead guilty to the same charge on Monday.

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