- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on the sentencing of an Arizona man convicted in the 2014 shooting death of a Catholic priest and the beating of another clergyman during a burglary (all times local):

9:48 a.m.

A homeless ex-convict has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2014 shooting death of a Catholic priest and the beating of another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.

Gary Michael Moran received the sentence Friday that was called for in an earlier plea agreement in the death of the Rev. Kenneth Walker and the beating of the Rev. Joseph Terra at the Mother of Mercy Mission.

The guilty pleas in late February spared the 57-year-old the possibility of a death sentence.

The attack occurred after Terra opened the door of the rectory to investigate noises in a courtyard.

Authorities say Moran beat Terra with a metal rod and used a gun owned by Terra to shoot Walker.

Police say Moran’s DNA matched forensic evidence collected from the scene.

2:57 a.m.

Sentencing is scheduled Friday for a homeless ex-convict who pleaded guilty in the 2014 shooting death of a Catholic priest and the beating of another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.

The plea deal spared 57-year-old Gary Michael Moran the possibility of a death sentence.

Instead, the agreement called for Moran to serve a life sentence in the death of the Rev. Kenneth Walker and the beating of the Rev. Joseph Terra at the Mother of Mercy Mission.

The attack occurred after Terra opened the door of the rectory to investigate noises in a courtyard.

Authorities say Moran beat Terra with a metal rod and used a gun owned by Terra to shoot Walker.

Police say Moran’s DNA matched forensic evidence collected from the scene.

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