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Johnathan Doody will spend the rest of his natural life in prison. Johnathan Doody will spend the rest of his natural life in prison.
Judge Kreamer sentenced Doody to consecutive life sentences. Judge Kreamer sentenced Doody to consecutive life sentences.
Ana Marie Gutierrez-Miller spoke at the sentencing today. Ana Marie Gutierrez-Miller spoke at the sentencing today.
Andrew Gutierrez felt his uncle and grandmother received justice after the sentencing. Andrew Gutierrez felt his uncle and grandmother received justice after the sentencing.
Doody's family says they will continue to fight his conviction. Doody's family says they will continue to fight his conviction.
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PHOENIX -

Johnathan Doody will spend the rest of his natural life behind bars.

A judge Friday sentenced him to nine consecutive life sentences.

Doody gunned down nine people in a Buddhist temple near Goodyear, Arizona in 1991.

The crime is one of the worst massacres in Arizona history.

Before Judge Joseph Kreamer sentenced Doody, he read the names of all nine victims.

"I don't want to lose sight of the victims in this case, it has been more than 22 years but I think the pain continues to spread not only in Arizona but all over the world," said Judge Kreamer.

Judge Kreamer then sentenced Doody to 249 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

"There can be no other sentence in this case other than a sentence that does not allow you to be released from prison," he said.

"Mr. Doody does express remorse for what happened to the victims in this case. His heart goes out to the victims and their families but he wants everyone to know that he did not commit these crimes. He was not involved in the temple murders," said Doody's defense attorney, Maria Schaeffer.

Doody's first conviction was thrown out, an appeals court found that his confession was improperly obtained.

In 2013 his second trial ended in a mistrial when the jury could not reach a verdict. Doody was reconvicted a few months ago after his 3rd trial.

"I guess justice has been served but in the long run that's not enough for us, because we don't have those smiles, those hugs. He can't take it back," said Ana Maria Gutierrez-Miller.

Some family members of the nine victims spoke at Friday's sentencing.

"I know my grandma and my uncle Matthew have received justice today. Bottom line is that hopefully this comes to a closure," said Andrew Gutierrez.
 
Doody's family says they will not stop fighting.
 
"It really has been an emotional ride for us and it's not over, it won't be over until Jonathan is free," said Johnathan Doody's father, Brian Doody.

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