Crime

August 18, 2014

Two more plead guilty in Rock Hill apartment killing, flight to escape police

A second man accused of murder in connection with a robbery and killing at a Rock Hill apartment complex has pleaded guilty to reduced charges but has to testify for prosecutors.

A second man accused of murder in connection with a robbery and killing at a Rock Hill apartment complex has pleaded guilty to reduced charges but has to testify for prosecutors.

Desmond Lamont Cunningham, 21, will face up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to armed robbery and other charges in the November 2013 killing of Jordan Poirier, 20, at Stone Haven apartments, said Willy Thompson, 16th Circuit deputy solicitor. Cunningham had fled to Florida after the incident.

Additionally, the sister of another man who fled pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for her part in helping the flight.

Cunningham is eligible for the sentence only if he cooperates in the prosecution of Latarious Ashley, 21. Ashley was wounded in the shootout and remains jailed on murder and other charges.

Both Cunningham and Keynan McClinton fled to Florida after the incident and three people now have pleaded guilty to helping the flight.

McClinton pleaded guilty last week to the same charges as Cunningham and will serve anywhere from 12 to 20 years if he testifies for prosecutors.

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