Mother who caused Motel Explosion Sentenced to Prison

CADILLAC, MI – The woman who caused the explosion and fire that destroyed the Green Mill Motel on May 17th was sentenced on Monday November 13th, 2017.

On Wednesday August 30th, 2017, Amanda Skardoudos was medically released and immediately arrested by the Traverse Narcotics Team. She had been charged on a 6 Count Felony warrant that included the following:

  • Two Counts of Controlled Substance – Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana – 4 Year Felony on each count
  • One Count of Controlled Substance – Maintaining a Drug House – 2 year High Court Misdemeanor
  • Two Counts of Child Abuse – 2nd Degree – 10 year Felony on each count
  • One Count of Lying to a Peace Officer – 4 Year or More Crime Investigation – 2 year High Court Misdemeanor

Amanda Skardoutos, 37-years-old, was given a 6-10 year prison term after she reached a plea agreement in October.  Skardoutos pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree child abuse and one count of third-degree arson.

The Michigan State Police fire marshal concluded the explosion was consistent with a suspected butane hash oil lab. Several chemicals, components, and apparatus consistent with such an operation were located in the motel room where Skardoudos and her two children lived.

The blast, explosion and fire severely burned Amanda Skardoutos and her two sons, Marcus Thomas, 11-years-old, and Brian Thomas Adams, 13-years-old. All three are still recovering from their injuries.

Skardoutos apologized in court, by saying “I’m sorry” and saying she accepted her punishment.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held at Manton Consolidated Schools for Brian Adams on December 2nd, 2017. All are welcome to attend.



Categories: Crimes, NW Michigan

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