A North Highlands man accused of shooting a friend out of jealousy over a girlfriend has been convicted of premeditated attempted murder.
A Sacramento County jury on Thursday also found that Anthony Junkin, 27, discharged a gun causing great bodily injury, and convicted him of two counts of making criminal threats, one count of witness intimidation and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Junkin and his girlfriend shared a home in North Highlands, and Junkin’s friend, Jason Hill, moved in with them for a short time. Junkin became jealous of his girlfriend’s relationship with Hill and started threatening him, authorities said. His girlfriend attempted to break up with Junkin, but he would not leave her alone. Authorities said Junkin threatened to kill his girlfriend and Hill.
On Nov. 11, 2014, Junkin shot Hill in the back of the head. Hill survived the shooting, but the bullet lodged in his skull.
Junkin bragged to his girlfriend that he had shot Hill and later threatened that she would be next if she went to the police. When Junkin was arrested, he was found in possession of a loaded handgun, authorities said.
Junkin is to be sentenced Sept. 18 before Superior Court Judge Russell Hom.