For Immediate Release
On Jan. 22, 2014, Cunningham, along with one other accomplice, entered the Sinclair Gas Station in Stead. The accomplice grabbed a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes and proceeded to leave the store without paying. When the clerk attempted to give chase, Cunningham lifted his coat displaying the butt of a gun, while sternly exclaiming to the clerk “I wouldn’t!” The two robbers fled
The very next night, Cunningham returned to the same Sinclair Gas Station, this time with two accomplices. One was armed with a rifle and the other with a bowie knife. The men went behind the counter and while pointing the gun and the knife in his direction, demanded that the clerk open the safe. Cunningham and his two accomplices made out with cash, beer
On March 9, 2014, Cunningham entered the Safe Mini Mart in Sparks, drew and pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded all the money in the register. Fearing for his life, the clerk obliged Cunningham’s request for money
Less than a week later, in the early morning hours of March 15, 2014, Cunningham entered a 7-11 located in Sparks. The 66-year-old female owner of the store heard the bell ring, informing her that someone had entered the store, so she came to the counter to assist who she thought was a customer. When she got to the counter, Cunningham produced a black pistol from his red Budweiser
When Cunningham was ultimately apprehended by the police based on an anonymous tip, he admitted to his involvement in the robberies. A search a Cunningham’s personal property revealed the clothes that were worn during two of the robberies, including the distinct red Budweiser sweat pants.
At sentencing, Cunningham blamed the crime spree on his addiction to drugs and alcohol. The State countered that those excuses offered no justification whatsoever for such a violent and egregious acts and that Cunningham is an extreme danger to this community
The Honorable Patrick Flanagan stated that Cunningham had moved beyond rehabilitation and that the sentence conveyed would be to deter him from acting in this violent manner in the future, as well as to deter others in the community from committing similar crimes. Judge Flanagan ran all the sentences consecutively.
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