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INDIANAPOLIS – The registered nurse charged in connection with the Nov. 10 explosion the Richmond Hill subdivision now faces an emergency suspension of her nursing license.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed a petition with the Indiana State Board of Nursing Thursday to suspend Monserrate Shirley’s license. The board will consider the petition at its next meeting on Jan. 17.

Shirley is accused of causing a gas explosion in her home to collect insurance money. Her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, and his brother, Bob Leonard, were also charged in the case.

“Due to the seriousness of the criminal charges facing Monserrate Shirley, we believe it is in the best interest of the public to suspend her ability to practice nursing,” Zoeller said. “Our office will work with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and await the outcome of the criminal proceedings before determining whether a formal licensing complaint will be filed.”

In November, an explosion destroyed Shirley’s home and several nearby residences. Two people were killed in the blast, which caused an estimated $4 million in damage.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office charged Shirley on Dec. 20 with two counts of murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit arson, 12 counts of arson (Class A felony) and 33 counts of arson (Class B felony).