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Charlie Nye, The Indianapolis Star
INDIANAPOLIS The man considered the mastermind behind a 2012 home explosion that killed two people and wounded at least a dozen others is dead. ET Tuesday at an Indianapolis hospital, according to an Indiana Department of Correction spokesman. He apparently died of natural causes, but no cause of death was released.
His half brother and co conspirator, Robert “Bob” Leonard, said “good riddance” when he learned of his half sibling’s death in a 15 minute phone call from a WXIN TV, Indianapolis, reporter.
only been in trouble twice in my life, and both times were his fault, Bob Leonard said. couldn care less that he dead. Mark and Bob Leonard were incarcerated at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, Ind., about 90 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Mark Leonard had been transferred there in the summer from the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, so he could receive care for a life threatening blood disorder, Bob Leonard said.
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During Mark Leonard’s 2015 trial, his girlfriend Monserrate Shirley testified that in the months before the explosion she had nursed her boyfriend through a severe illness that left him in a coma in the intensive care unit of Indiana University Medical Center. He was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, she said in court without identifying the condition.
Several days ago, Mark Leonard was transferred to a hospital in Indianapolis, where he died. He had been placed under “imminent death watch” earlier this week, corrections officials said without releasing further information.
don feel bad for Mr. Leonard, said Don Buxton, father of Jennifer Longworth who was killed in the blast with her husband, Dion. certainly might feel bad for his family. I don wish them any hardship. But I don feel bad for the deceased.
Mark Leonard death doesn change the fact that second grade teacher Jennifer Longworth, 36, and electronics expert Dion Longworth, 34, died in the prime of their lives, Buxton said.
The family will never truly get closure, he said.
the end of the day, we still miss her and him, Dion,
as much as ever, Buxton said. that, I sure, will never change. Marion County coroner’s office was to conduct an autopsy Wednesday, according to the corrections officials. The results were not immediately released.
Mark Leonard was serving two life sentences for his role in the Nov. 10, 2012, explosion that rocked the upscale Richmond Hill subdivision in southeast Indianapolis, close to the city’s border with Greenwood, Ind. Five homes were destroyed and more than 80 others damaged, 33 severely enough to be razed later.
Mark Leonard; Robert Leonard; Shirley; and Gary Thompson, a man who used to work for a business Mark Leonard owned, blew up Shirley home to collect about $300,000 in insurance money. The intent was to pay off the house mortgage and Mark Leonard gambling and credit card debts. But the plan went horribly awry when a vast amount of natural gas built up in the home before something set inside a microwave oven ignited the blaze.
Mark Leonard was convicted in 2015 of two counts of murder as well as a litany of other charges, including multiple counts of arson and conspiracy to commit arson. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison on the arson charges on top of two life sentences for the murder charges.
At sentencing, Judge John Marnocha of St. Joseph County Superior Court in South Bend, Ind., where his trial was moved, said Leonard demonstrated a indifference for the safety of others.
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motivation here is greed, Marnocha said. I think when the motivation is that, what we have is a person . who is the worst of the worst.
Leonard planned to pay a person he thought was a hit man $15,000, giving him a $5,000 bonus if a witness in the case called police to say he had lied about information he had given investigators, prosecutors said.
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That hit man was later revealed to be an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Of the others involved: