Second suspect in Cumberland murders to plead guilty

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CUMBERLAND, Ind.—A man arrested in connection with the murders of a young Cumberland girl and her uncle is expected to plead guilty to charges against him next week. 

Jeremy Priel will be sentenced next Friday, June 28 when he is expected to plead guilty to four counts of murder, one count of robbery and one count of carrying a handgun without a license.

Priel and co-defendant Michael Bell are accused of killing Kyleigh Crane, 7, and Jeremy Crane, 21, in their Cumberland home in December 2011. Investigators believe the suspects killed the Cranes over a PlayStation gaming system.

Fox59 was told Bell was a close friend of Jeremy Crane. Family members said Bell was often referred to as “Uncle Mike” and even lived with the family at one point.

Bell pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in mid-April and agreed to an executed sentence of 100 years as part of the plea agreement.

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