Suspect in deaths of young Cumberland girl, her uncle pleads guilty

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One of two suspects in the deaths of a 7-year-old Cumberland girl and her 21-year-old uncle pleaded guilty to two counts of murder Friday.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Michael Bell agreed to an executed sentence of 100 years for the crimes as part of the plea agreement.

Bell and co-defendant Jeremy Priel are accused of murdering Kyleigh and Jeremy Crane in their Cumerland 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.

Priel is schedule to appear in trial later this year.  He faces four counts of murder, one count of robbery and one count of carrying a handgun without a license.

Prosecutors have filed requests for life sentences without parole for both defendants.


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