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      Saginaw man convicted of halfway house murders

      A Michigan jury has convicted a man of murder for fatally shooting two men in a Saginaw halfway house last year.

      The jury took about 30 minutes to convict Willie Blakney on Tuesday of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder. The 25-year-old was convicted 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.

      First-degree premeditated murder carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

      Blakney's lawyer says his client will appeal.