INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A man who pleaded guilty to murdering a 7-year-old Cumberland girl and her 21-year-old uncle was sentenced Friday to serve 110 years in prison consecutively.
In late June, Jeremy Priel pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the slayings of Kyleigh and Jeremy Crane, who were both fatally shot in their home in December 2011.
“I think it’s a good resolution,” said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson. “It’s a 110 year stipulated sentence. He gets no modification rights. No appeal of the sentence. Even assuming the best of good time credit, it’s 55 years in the Department of Corrections.”
Priel’s accomplice, Michael Bell, also pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in April.
Family members of the victims told Fox59, Bell was a friend of Jeremy Crane and even lived with him for a short time. Prosecutors said the suspects planned to steal an Xbox and PlayStation 3 from the Crane home.
Before Priel received his sentence, the Crane family was given the opportunity to speak to him.
“Rage, pain… right now I’m shaking,” said Kyleigh’s father, Josh Crane, as he described what that was like.
“I just told him and the judge… how good of a person my brother was and how much he helped me with my children and told him how full of life little Kyleigh was.”
Kyleigh’s mother, Holly Wilson, did not take the stand for her impact statement. Instead, she opted to write one and had a prosecutor read it out loud to the judge. However, she did speak to Fox59 after the sentencing was completed.
“I feel sorry for his children as well… because they don’t have their father anymore, because of what he did,” Wilson said. “And when they find out what he did and why they did, it’s probably going to affect them a lot as well.”
Several members of the Crane family and their close friends spoke to Priel with teary eyes, expressing their grief. However, Josh Crane wasn’t convinced anyone’s words affected Priel.
“The whole time he had a little look on him, had a little eyebrow raised, just staring us down the whole time,” explained Josh Crane. “(He) never showed emotion. Nothing. He just sat back and just didn’t look like he cared.”
Kyleigh’s grandmother, Cathy Crane, said closure was “not something that our family will ever live with.”
Now, the family is preparing to face Bell next and said that will be even harder since he was a friend they trusted. Bell is expected to receive 100 years in prison.