August 28, 2014 at 6:35 am

Michigan man gets life sentence for 2 murders

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

The Saginaw News reports 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 didnt 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.