Man Gets 2 Life Sentences For Deadly Explosion

Man Gets 2 Life Sentences For Deadly Explosion

FORT WAYNE, Ind.–A judge has sentenced an Indianapolis man to more than two life sentences in prison for his part in a 2012 house explosion that resulted in the death of two people and inflicted substantial damage to homes in the surrounding area.


Bob Leonard was sentenced on Friday after being convicted of murder, arson and insurance fraud charges last month. Allen Superior Court Executive John McGauley says that Leonard will serve two life sentences without the possibility of parole on account of these charges.

Leonard was convicted on all of the 51 counts he faced. Prosecutors said the surveillance video, witness testimony and DNA evidence proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed the crime along with his half brother and others. Leonard used natural gas to blow up a house in Indianapolis for $300,000 in insurance.

His half brother, Mark, Leonard, was sentenced in August to two life sentences as well.

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