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Man sentenced to life without parole for murder of Phoenix police officer

Danny Martinez (left) was sentenced to life in prison for killing Phoenix police officer Travis Murphy.

PHOENIX — A man who was previously convicted of killing a Phoenix police officer was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday.

Danny Martinez was found guilty in 2015 of two counts of first-degree murder for killing Phoenix officer Travis Murphy. He faced the death penalty.

In November 2015, he was sentenced to life in prison on one of the two counts, but jurors were not unanimous in their decision on the second charge for premeditated murder.

Murphy was shot in 2010 while he responded to a call about a suspicious person. Martinez fired from a dark alcove, hitting Murphy multiple times. Murphy died at a local hospital.

Martinez was found near the scene of the shooting in a shed. He had previous felony weapons charges.

Murphy was a father of two and four-year veteran of the force.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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