According to reports from WRDW-TV, WJBF-TV, and The Augusta Chronicle, a former Georgia deputy has been handed a life sentence for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.
Jason Cunningham pleaded guilty to the murder of Nicole Harrington and will spend the remainder of his life incarcerated, as stated by the Augusta District Attorney’s Office.
The Chronicle reports that Cunningham confessed to shooting Harrington, a 37-year-old mother of three, in the back of the head in June 2020. The District Attorney’s Office stated that this act occurred after she allegedly insulted the size of his manhood. After the shooting, Cunningham left Harrington’s body in an elevator located in a parking garage, according to WJBF.
An affidavit cited by WRDW reveals that Cunningham and Harrington were engaged in an affair, and he intended to end their relationship when the tragic incident took place. Their argument escalated to the point where Harrington became angry, leaving Cunningham uncertain about how to handle the situation. He admitted to shooting her from behind as she entered the elevator.
Following an eight-hour standoff, Cunningham was arrested, as reported by the outlet. In addition to the life sentence, he was also handed a five-year sentence for the possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
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