Indiana man pleads guilty in deadly house explosion

Gary Thompson (Photo supplied/Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of five people charged in a deadly house explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.

According to WXIN-TV, Gary Thompson pleaded guilty Friday morning to one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

Prosecutors announced Tuesday that the 45-year-old man had reached a plea agreement sentencing him to 30 years in prison with 10 years suspended.

Thompson initially faced a September trial on two counts of murder and other charges in the November 2012 natural gas explosion that killed two next-door neighbors.

Prosecutors say five people were involved in a plot to destroy the house to claim insurance money.

Two others have been convicted, a third reached a plea deal and another faces a November trial.

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