Woman Gets Life in Fire Deaths Of 3 Children

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) A woman convicted of killing her three children by burning down her home for insurance money has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A jury deliberated less than three hours last week before convicting 41-year-old Deborah Nicholls on 14 felony counts, including three counts of first-degree murder. She was sentenced on Wednesday.

The 2003 fire killed 11-year-old Jay, 5-year-old Sophia and 3-year-old Sierra Nicholls. Prosecutors said Nicholls and her husband, Timothy Nicholls, hoped insurance money would get them out of financial problems caused by drug use.

Timothy Nicholls was convicted last year of felony murder and is serving life without parole.

Deborah Nicholls has said the fire was accidental. Her attorney plans to appeal.

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