Mesa man gets life in double-killing at party

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Mesa man will spend the rest of his life in prison stemming from the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend at a graduation party in 2009.

Brent Matthew Banks pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and nine counts of aggravated assault for the shooting, in which a Mesa police officer and two children ages 7 and 10 also were injured.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Karen O'Connor sentenced Banks on Wednesday to two sentences of natural life for the murder counts. He was sentenced to 92 1/2 years on the other charges.

Thirty-eight-year-old Sally Johnson-Huddleston and 32-year-old Auston Blanks were killed in the shooting.

Mesa police say Banks apparently was upset at seeing the two kiss at the party.