Texas man sentenced for shooting ex-girlfriend, killing man

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VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 72 years to life in prison for shooting his ex-girlfriend and killing a man in Southern California.

The Ventura County Star reports 33-year-old Brandon Ellis was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to first-degree attempted murder and second-degree murder.

Authorities say Ellis drove from Katy, Texas, to Ventura, California, to find his ex-girlfriend Alexa Payne in December 2015 after learning she had a new boyfriend.

Ellis found Payne at her boyfriend’s home where the man’s father, 47-year-old Doug Blasher, also lived.

Authorities say Ellis shot Payne nine times and killed Blasher. Payne survived the shooting.

Ellis was arrested in Rosarito, Mexico, two days after the shooting.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com

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