Man sentenced to 110 years in killing of 7-year-old girl, her uncle

Jeremy Priel pleaded guilty in June

INDIANAPOLIS - A man who pleaded guilty to killing a 7-year-old girl and her uncle in December 2011 was sentenced to 110 years behind bars.

Jeremy Priel agreed to a plea deal in the killings of Kyleigh Crane and Jeremy Crane, 21.

Another man, Michael Bell, pleaded guilty in April to two counts of murder, agreeing to a 100-year sentence. Bell's sentencing is set for Aug. 9.

Family and friends of the victims filled the courtroom Friday, and many of them spoke out.

"Everyone was trying to reiterate what this man has destroyed and what his damage has done on his stupid decision one afternoon," said Josh Crane, Kyleigh's father and Jeremy's brother.

Priel was silent throughout the hearing.

"(He was) just staring us down the whole time," Josh Crane said. "Never showed emotion. He just sat back and didn't look like he cared. Just looked like, 'Let's get this over with so I can go to prison.'"

The victims were fatally shot at a home in the 600 block of Woodlark Drive in December 2011.

Bell and Priel became suspects after they gave conflicting information to police, investigators said. The men went to the home to steal video game equipment.

"Bell stated that Priel told everyone to get down on the ground and that while Jeremy Crane was lying down, Jeremy Priel walked over him and shot him," read part of the probable cause affidavit.

Bell told police that Priel shot Jeremy Crane again when he heard him make a gasping sound.

Bell said he didn't see Kyleigh Crane get shot because he ran out of the house before he heard the shot, although police noted that no one else in the area reported hearing a shot, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Police said they found the gun used in the slayings under the bed of a woman Bell had been staying with.

Days later, two men came to Cumberland police to say that they had bought an Xbox 360 and
PlayStation 3 from Jeremy Priel, paying $40 and an ounce of marijuana, according to the probable cause affidavit.

"The PlayStation 3 appeared to have had blood on it when they bought it, so as the news coverage of the homicide on Woodlark began to release information about their being an Xbox and PlayStation 3 taken, the men became suspicious and decided to contact police," according to the probable cause affidavit.

"It's certainly a senseless crime. There's no question about that. To kill two individuals, especially a 7-year-old girl, for two game stations is absolutely ridiculous. To shoot Kyleigh was completely unnecessary. Not that Jeremy was justified either. But not a typical homicide we see," said Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson.

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