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North Highlands man draws two life sentences for shooting friend, threatening girlfriend

A North Highlands man who shot a friend out of jealousy over a girlfriend faces two life prison sentences.

Anthony Junkin, 27, was convicted in August of premeditated attempted murder and personally discharging a gun causing great bodily injury. He also was found guilty 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.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Russell Hom on Friday sentenced Junkin to 25 years to life, plus and additional life sentence and four years and four months in prison, 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.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy