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Man gets 249 years for slayings at Buddhist temple

Johnathan A. Doody, who killed nine people during a robbery at a Buddhist temple in metro Phoenix, was sentenced Friday to 249 years in prison. 

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Johnathan A. Doody, who killed nine people during a robbery at a Buddhist temple in metro Phoenix, was sentenced Friday to 249 years in prison. 

PHOENIX — A man convicted of killing nine people, including six monks, during a robbery at a Buddhist temple in metro Phoenix was sentenced Friday to 249 years in prison, marking the end of one of the most notorious criminal cases in Arizona over the past 25 years.

Johnathan A. Doody, 39, was found guilty in January of first-degree murder in the deaths of six monks, one nun and two helpers who were shot in the back of the head in August 1991 at the Wat Promkunaram temple west of Phoenix.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kreamer said it's difficult to fathom the murders. "These people were peace-loving," Kreamer said.

Doody, who was 17 at the time of the crimes, was one of two men convicted in the killings.

Allesandro "Alex" Garcia, a high school friend of Doody's, pleaded guilty and was previously sentenced to life in prison in exchange for his testimony and a promise that prosecutors wouldn't seek the death penalty.

Doody was found guilty in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison. But an appeals court threw out his conviction in 2011 after ruling that investigators improperly obtained a confession. Doody's second trial resulted in a mistrial in October after jurors failed to reach a verdict.

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