DEL CITY, Okla. - A Del City mother was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 years in prison in the deaths of her three children. Prosecutors said Stephanie Dunham, 27, had no remorse and should spend the rest of her life in jail.
Dunham's attorney admitted that she lied about where she was when the fire that killed her children started. However, they said there was no evidence that she locked the kids inside an RV.
Dunham's attorney told the judge Dunham obviously wasn't mother of the year, but that her children's deaths did not happen as a willful or malicious act, claiming it was a lack of judgement.
Dunham admitted in court that she used methamphetamine three days before the fatal fire but denies claims by her husband, Christopher Dunham, that she used on the day of the blaze.
"Meth had everything to do with this," said State Attorney Pam Stillings. "She and her husband chose drugs over their kids, and the children paid with their lives."
Judge Jerry Bass told the courtroom the case has been one of the saddest for him because of the victims.
"Meth creates monsters. It creates zombies. It just does," said Bass. "Three children are gone. You and your husband brought five children into the world with you, and you continue having children, which shows a lack of responsibility."
Stephanie Dunham is currently pregnant with her fifth child. Her attorneys say she has relinquished rights to a child she gave birth to last year.
Stephanie Dunham entered a blind plea in the deaths of her children on May 4 -- pleading guilty without an agreement with prosecutors on a lighter sentence. Police said her children, 4-year-old Christopher, 3-year-old Crystal and 1-year-old Kaylee Dunham died after the RV they were sleeping in caught fire in Jan. 2011.
Last month, a jury convicted Christopher Dunham, the children's father. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Christopher Dunham was convicted of three counts of child neglect, as well as possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of methamphetamine in front of a child under 12 years of age.