Defendant in Indiana house explosion gets maximum 50 years

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A lady who was considered one of 5 individuals charged in a lethal Indianapolis home explosion has been sentenced to 50 yr in jail.

Monserrate Shirley acquired the utmost time period Tuesday throughout a sentencing listening to, which stretched over two days due to numerous witnesses. Shirley tearfully apologized, saying "that is one thing that will probably be in my coronary heart eternally."

The 51-year-old pleaded responsible to 2 counts of conspiracy to commit arson within the November 2012 pure fuel explosion that destroyed her residence, killed a pair who lived subsequent door and broken or destroyed 80 houses. Greater than a dozen of her former neighbors testified about their losses.

Shirley's protection lawyer stated she ought to have acquired a lesser sentence, arguing that she was coerced by her then-boyfriend.

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