Ellsworth Airman sentenced in murder case

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – The sentencing phase of the court-martial of Senior Airman James T. Cunningham ended late Feb. 18, with the military judge sentencing SrA Cunningham to serve 18 years in a military prison, be reduced to the grade of Airman Basic, forfeit all pay and allowances, and to be discharged from the United States Air Force with a Dishonorable Discharge.

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A panel of military members found SrA Cunningham guilty of murder earlier in the day. SrA Cunningham elected to be sentenced by the military judge rather than by a panel of members.

Cunningham was charged on Aug. 4, 2020, with one count of violating Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for murder. Following a pre-trial investigative hearing on Aug. 13, 2020, the charge was referred to trial by general court-martial.

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