Colorado Mother Guilty in 3 Fire Deaths to Learn Sentence

December 4, 2008

A Colorado Springs, Colol, woman accused of killing her three children by burning down her home for insurance money faces life in prison without parole during her sentencing hearing.

A jury deliberated less than three hours before convicting 41-year-old Deborah Nicholls of 14 of the 15 felony charges against her, including three counts of first-degree murder.

She faced charges in the March 7, 2003, fire at her family’s home that killed 11-year-old Jay, 5-year-old Sophia and 3-year-old Sierra.

She was found not guilty of just one charge — a cocaine possession charge.

Deputy Public Defender Jeff Schwartz said an appeal is planned.

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