Michigan man gets life sentence for 2 murders - WNEM TV 5

Michigan man gets life sentence for 2 murders

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SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -

A Michigan man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting two men in a Saginaw halfway house last year.

A judge handed down the sentence to Willie Blakney on Wednesday. A jury took about 30 minutes in July to convict him of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the Sept. 25 shooting deaths of Joseph Ball and Donyea Johnson.

He also was convicted of assault with intent to kill Michael Skipper, who was shot but survived.

Blakney received a separate 35-70 year sentence for the assault charge.

He said before his sentencing he didn't commit the crimes. He said the case was "open and shut" because he is black.

Family members of the victims responded that the victims were also black.

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