A Hartsville mother has been sentenced to prison, more than three years after she was arrested following a 2013 house fire that killed her four young children.
The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office said Monday that a judge sentenced Hope Hawkins to seven and a half years in prison. She was charged with four counts of homicide by child abuse after her four children died in an April 2013 fire. The oldest was four years old.
Prosecutors had argued Hawkins was not home when the fire started. But she claims she was out by the mailbox.
However, Hawkins entered an Alford plea in October. The plea means she maintains her innocence, but admits there is enough evidence for a jury to convict her.
Judge Paul Bunch gave credit for more than 300 days already served.