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Brooklyn man sentenced for killing 3

Tuesday - 5/7/2013, 4:09pm  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- A 26-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder related to two slayings in Virginia and one in New York.

Prosecutors say Phillip Michael Bryant was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Newport News.

He had pleaded guilty in January to the two Virginia murders in connection with what the government said was his strong-arm tactics to take over a Hampton housing project and use it as a center of his drug activity. He admitted killing Sean McCracken in November 2009 and Johnny Avery in March 2010 to achieve those ends. Both were killed on Lincoln Park Housing Development property.

The third murder involved a New York State corrections officer. Jeremy Kane was killed in June 2009.

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