Leonard could receive life without parole for Richmond Hill explosion

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The man convicted of murder in the Richmond Hill neighborhood explosion could be sentenced to life without parole, but the judge says he will wait until sentencing to decide whether or not Mark Leonard will receive that sentence.

St. Joseph Superior Court judge John Marnocha issued an order Monday saying he wants to review the pre-sentence report on Leonard before making a final decision on sentencing.

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Leonard was convicted in July of 53 charges related to the Nov. 2012 explosion that killed two people — Dion and Jennifer Longworth — and damaged or destroyed nearly 100 homes. Leonard’s convictions include arson, conspiracy to commit arson, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, murder and felony murder.   

In his order on the life without parole question, the judge said prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt the three aggravating circumstances they argued — that an explosive device was used with the intent to damage property, that more than one person died, and that one victim was burned alive.

He also rejected all of the arguments defense attorneys made for mitigating circumstances.

Leonard is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 14 in South Bend.

Click here to read more about Mark Leonard's case and the Richmond Hill explosion.