Many Richmond Hill residents support life without parole

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Victims of the south side disaster sounded off, Monday, after finding out the Marion County prosecutor will not seek the death penalty for the three people charged in the deadly explosion at Richmond Hill.

The blast killed Dion and Jennifer Longworth who lived next to the home of Moncey Shirley, now charged in the case.

Residents met with officials at the Southport Presbyterian Church, Monday evening, to discuss why Prosecutor Terry Curry will go after life without parole instead of seeking the death penalty.

“Everyone was pretty receptive to what was stated,” said Chief of Homeland Security Gary Coons.

Fox 59 learned prosecutors went with life without parole, because there would not be enough proof to show that the suspects intended to kill anyone.

Several residents said they agreed.

“I’m pleased with that. I really am. I don’t feel like they intentionally planned on killing the couple,” said Richmond Hill resident Doris Jarnagin. “I think let’em sit there for as long as they can possibly sit there. I prefer that they never get paroled it affected a lot of lives.”

“I think we all have our own opinions but I think life without parole is adequate,” said another resident Matt Lennon as he left the meeting.

Residents also spoke about the next steps in the recovery process. Lennon said people are just trying to move on, but it will take time.

“We’re not going to forget but you know we’re a pretty close knit community and a neighborhood and we’re pretty resilient,” he said.

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