Mother Who Started Fire, Killing Children Released From Prison

The woman who admitted starting a fire that killed four of her children has been released from prison.  Bobbie Kugler admitted causing the fire on Grape Street in 2012 by burning photos of her boyfriend. She said the fire got away from her because she had taken sleeping pills and consumed four 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor. Kugler pleaded guilty to four counts of manslaughter. Prosecutors said Kugler never intended to kill her children, Gage, Greg, Kandee and Kaiden. According to the New York State Department of Corrections, Kugler was released from the Albion Correctional Facility on Monday after serving five years and two months of her sentence.

The parole board’s decision states her release was, “granted based on (Kugler’s) positive programming, limited disciplinary record, and expressions of remorse for your actions that caused this terrible situation and losses of life. Also considered was your release plan, numerous letters of support and no letters of opposition.”

As part of her parole, Kugler will have to find and maintain a job, submit to substance abuse testing, not consume alcoholic beverages and follow a curfew.


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