Relatives of the victims expressed disappointment at the sentence handed down Wednesday. Brittany Ingle, the victims' mother, was escorted from the courtroom in handcuffs after she charged Shepherd and struck her, WNDU reported. Fulton County prosecutor Michael Marrs told the news station she'd likely face a battery charge for the incident.
The victims' grandfather Michael Schwab said family members had hoped a judge would give Shepherd more prison time, according to the South Bend Tribune. She had faced a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison.
"We all feel as a family that killing three children should have been a more stringent penalty, but we're glad that she is going to get some time served," Schwab said, according to the Tribune. "Children remain our greatest gift and if you're not going to hold people accountable when they get hurt, then we may as well just get rid of laws."
Records from Fulton County Jail showed Shepherd was booked Wednesday to begin her sentence.