Prosecutor’s Office seeks Life Sentences Without Parole for Richmond Hill Explosion Defendants
Mark Leonard, Monserrate Shirley, and Bob Leonard, Jr. (Photos courtesy IMPD)
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a request for Life Sentence Without Parole against Mark Leonard, Monserrate Shirley, and Bob Leonard, Jr.
They are charged with murder in the deaths of John and Jennifer Longworth in connection with the Richmond Hill explosion on November 10, 2012.
The prosecutor's office says the explosion at Shirley’s home ignited an explosion and resulting fire at the Longworths’ home next door, causing their deaths.
This decision was arrived at after thoughtful consideration in accordance with our procedure in potential capital cases,” Prosecutor Terry Curry said. “The intentional acts of the defendants, as alleged, were undertaken with no regard whatsoever to the tragic consequences which did in fact flow from a scheme to blow up the Shirley residence. Those alleged acts, if proven, thus justify that the defendants spend life in prison with no option for parole.”
The state is also moving to add an additional count of Arson, a Class B Felony, against all three defendants for damage to houses in the Richmond Hill subdivision which did not require demolition. Further, the State is moving to add an additional charge of Insurance Fraud, a Class C Felony, against Monserrate Shirley and an additional charge of Conspiracy to Commit Insurance Fraud, a Class C Felony, against Shirley and Mark Leonard.
In a matter unrelated to the Richmond Hill explosion, Prosecutor Curry also announced that Mark Leonard and David Gill have been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Insurance Fraud, a Class C Felony. As set forth in the probable cause affidavit, it is alleged that Leonard and Gill conspired to submit an insurance claim that a motorcycle had been stolen, when in fact the motorcycle had been disassembled by the defendants.
The next court appearance scheduled for the defendants in the Richmond Hill matter is a pre-trial conference on February 21 at 10 a.m. in Court 3.
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