Michigan mother found guilty in children's deaths

Sharon Hinojosa convicted of setting fire to trailer with son, daughter inside

DETROIT - A mother accused of setting fire to a trailer that had her two children inside was found guilty of murder on Wednesday.

Sharon Hinojosa is accused of setting fire to her boyfriend's home in Huron Township on Oct. 9, 2009. She got out with her then 1-year-old son, but her 4-year-old son Anthony Hinojosa and 3-year-old daughter Alayna Hinojosa were killed.

The defense had argued that the fire was ignited by accident. The prosecution had argued Hinojosa purposely set the fire to mend a relationship with an estranged boyfriend with who fathered her youngest child. Anthony and Alayna had a different father.

"She felt that if she got rid of her older kids, she, and her boyfriend and their baby that they shared in common could be together," said Lora Weingarden.

Hinojosa cried and did not make a statement after the verdict was read.

The murder conviction carries an automatic penalty of life in prison without possibility of parole.

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