CLOVER, S.C. -- Wednesday morning, a Clover teenager pleaded guilty to lighting three homes on fire, including his own.
Matthew Adkins, who is now 17-years-old, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Wednesday, admitting he is responsible for the arson.
Adkins was 16-years-old at the time of the fires, which were all set in the same Clover neighborhood in March 2015.
“I wanted to be here for closure,” said Cathy Norman, whose childhood home was one of the three Adkins admitted to torching.
“They were a lot of things I can’t replace. It’s the only home I’ve ever known, and not having any immediate family anymore, that made it so much more important that I had those memories of my family, and I no longer have that.”
Adkins will be formally sentenced in January. Norman says she just hopes no one else has to experience the pain she’s faced.
“I’m grateful to be back in my house, I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, but it’s not home, it’s not the things my mom and dad hung on the wall, it’s not the memories I had,” she said.
Even though Adkins is a juvenile, he is being tried as an adult, due to the severity of the crimes.
He faces 15 years to life on each burglary charge, and 15 years on each arson charge.
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