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Date moved for suspect to plead guilty in Richmond Hill case

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A man who’s one of five people charged in a deadly house explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood is set to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge.

Gary Thompson was expected to plead guilty Friday morning to one count of conspiracy to commit arson. However, his hearing was rescheduled to Dec. 2.

Prosecutors announced Tuesday that the 45-year-old man had reached a plea agreement calling for a 30-year prison sentence, with 10 years suspended.

Thompson 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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