Former Georgia MP gets life in prison for killing his lover
A disgraced former Georgia sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting his married girlfriend in the back of the head after he reduced the size of his penis.
Jason “Moose” Cunningham, 48, formerly with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, pleaded guilty to malicious murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony for cold-blooded murder in June 2020 from Nicole Harrington, 37, station WJBF reported.
Cunningham told investigators he shot Harrington, his married girlfriend and mother of three, in the back of the head at least once after she “insulted[ed] the size of his manhood,” according to a statement from the Augusta District Attorney’s Office.
Cunningham then left the woman to die in a parking lot elevator in downtown Augusta.
After the murder, the ex-deputy was involved in an eight-hour standoff with cops in Clarks Hill Lake before being arrested.
On Monday, Cunningham was sentenced to 35 years to life for murder and an additional five years for the weapons count.
According to an affidavit obtained by station WRDW, Cunningham told detectives he drove to the Augusta Convention Center parking lot around 6 a.m. on June 18, 2020, to meet with his mistress to end their affair.
During the conversation, Cunningham and Harrington got into a heated argument, which escalated into deadly violence after the woman allegedly searched her lover’s penis.
Cunningham said Harrington was loud and “didn’t know what to do” so he shot his girlfriend in the head as she entered the lift.
“This was an extramarital affair in which the defendant was living a double life,” District Attorney Jared Williams said.
Cunningham was a deputy for around 14 years, before stepping down from his post in February 2018 after failing a drug test.
He also worked as a marketing manager for a veterans organization in Georgia.
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