Victims respond to Skardoutos' sentencing: 'She should've faced a life sentence'

Victims respond to Skardoutos' sentencing: 'She should've faced a life sentence'

WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Wexford County mother accused of blowing up a motel while making drugs, will spend up to 10 years behind bars.

Amanda Skardoutos was sentenced in court Monday morning for two counts of 2nd degree child abuse and one count of 3rd degree arson.

This, nearly six months after causing an explosion at the Green Mill Motel in Manton by using Butane to make marijuana wax inside her room.

For the first time Monday, her son Brian, who was badly burned in the fire, sat inside the courtroom.

While Amanda is getting the maximum sentence possible for the crimes, some say it's still not enough.

“She knew of the risk and she disregarded it, she did not care because of her involvement with marijuana and her production of hash oil,” said Wexford County Prosecutor Jason Elmore.

Amanda was given the maximum sentence of 80 to 120 months in prison.

“So honestly there's no justice for my son,” said Brian’s father, Robert Adams. “She should've faced a life sentence that she deserved, because my son has one now.”

Other victims who lost their homes in the fire say they're working to move forward.

“She's already sentenced herself to life and I cannot sit here and continue to hate her,” said Brandi Gotowka. “There's just too much going on in the world to not be able to give each other mercy as human beings.”

Amanda spoke before learning her punishment.

“There’s nothing I can say except for I’m sorry,” said Skardoutos. “I love my kids more than anything and I would never want to cause harm on anyone.”

Though some aren't convinced.

“Those tears that you saw in that courtroom, those weren't for her child, no,” said family friend Michelle Peterson. “She's been doing this for 25 years.”

But family say the priority is on Amanda’s sons Brian and Marcus, as they begin a long recovery ahead.

“We relocated,” said Adams. “We're here, we're home, so he's back where you wanted to be so that's number one.”

While he's now home in Manton, Robert says Brian will continue outpatient care through Shriners Hospital and U of M rehabilitation services for quite some time.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held for Brian at Manton Consolidated Schools on December 2nd. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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