Plea deal on hold for Richmond Hill explosion suspect


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A plea agreement for one of the Richmond Hill explosion suspects is now on hold.

Gary Thompson is accused of helping execute that deadly explosion on the south side back in 2012.

Thompson faced murder charges, but a plea deal with prosecutors would allow him to avoid trial. The deal includes a 30-year sentence, but with good time credit he could serve as little as ten years.

The judge put the deal on hold based in part on Thompson's criminal past.

John Longworth, whose son and daughter-in-law died in the explosion, doesn't like the deal.

"The way our system has to work, it's easy to see where we had to go, so I understood that, so I guess it's the best we could do under the circumstances, but I don't have to be happy with it," said John Longworth, father of Dion Longworth, who died in the explosion along with his wife, Jennifer.

The judge plans to rule on the agreement and sentence in December. That's when Monserrate Shirley will be sentenced. She took a plea deal after agreeing to help prosecutors.

Two other men, Mark and Bob Leonard , have already been convicted. A trial for a fifth suspect, Glenn Hults, begins in November.