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Arizona man gets nine life terms for Buddhist temple murders

Published on Mar 15, 2014 1:12 AM

PHOENIX (REUTERS) - An Arizona man convicted of the execution-style killings of six Buddhist monks and three others at a temple near Phoenix over two decades ago was sentenced on Friday to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Johnathan Doody, 39, was sentenced to nine life terms after being convicted by a jury in January of nine counts of first-degree murder and armed robbery for a crime that drew international attention and remains the most deadly mass murder in the southwest US state's history.

Thailand-born Doody also was convicted of one count each of burglary and conspiracy by jurors in Maricopa County Superior Court following a month-long trial. Doody did not testify during his last trial.

Doody was not eligible for the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the 1991 killings at the Wat Promkunaram temple in Waddell, Arizona, prosecutors said.

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