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Phoenix man receives life for killing ex-girlfriend in school lot

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A Phoenix man, convicted of shooting his ex-girlfriend in front of their children in a school parking lot, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Thomas Lamont Moton, 39, was sentenced on Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Moton had pleaded not guilty and was being held on a $2 million bond in the May 25 shooting death of Takesha Barnes, 33.

On Sept. 5, a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

Barnes was shot multiple times while she sat in her vehicle with her children after attending her daughter's eighth-grade promotion ceremony at Westview High School in Avondale.

Police said Barnes had taken out an order of protection May 21 after repeated threats by Moton.

On the afternoon of the shooting, surveillance video showed Moton parking his black motorcycle in the southwest corner of the school parking lot, away from Barnes' vehicle, and walking toward the car just before 1:45 p.m.

The surveillance camera angle changed and showed the victim and three family members walking with a security guard toward their car. The tape then shows the security guard breaking away and the family getting into the car.

Moton emerged from between two cars, moved to the front of Barnes' vehicle and pointed a raised arm at the windshield. Police said it was unclear in the video if Moton was holding a gun.

The school security guard told police Barnes asked him to escort her, her children and friend to her car because she was afraid of her children's father. The guard saw a man, later identified as Moton, between the cars and the guard told Barnes and the children to get in the car and lock the doors. He said he saw the man run toward the car and remove a handgun from his waistband. The security guard, who was unarmed, yelled for Barnes to "get out of here" and ran back toward the school. He turned and saw Moton fire approximately five shots at Barnes' car.  

Barnes was taken to a hospital where she died from her wounds. Police said a .45-caliber handgun was used.

Police said Moton and Barnes have a history of domestic violence and the couple had two children together. Records show Moton was arrested in connection with a domestic violence incident involving Barnes in 2007.

Moton and Barnes had two children together.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said Moton's criminal record also includes prior felony convictions for drug and assault offenses in Nebraska.

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