South Dakota airman found guilty of murder

(Pennington County Sheriff's Office)
(Pennington County Sheriff's Office)(KOTA)
Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 8:43 AM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A military jury has convicted a senior airman at Ellsworth Air Force Base of killing his 6-month-old son.

According to the Rapid City Journal, the jury found 26-year-old James Cunningham guilty of murder Thursday in the March 2020 death of his son, Zachariah, following a four-day trial at the Air Force base.

Cunningham can decide whether the military judge or the jury will impose his sentence, which is a maximum of life in prison without parole.

Cunningham would serve time in a federal military prison.

Prosecutors said Cunningham lied three times before confessing to punching his son. Prosecutors say medical evidence showed the baby died from being shaken and hit multiple times.

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