The last of the three suspects involved in the shooting of a 20-year-old Rock Hill man was sentenced Tuesday morning.
Desmond Lamont Cunningham pleaded guilty for his involvement in the fatal shooting of Jordan Poirier, 20, at the Stone Haven apartment complex off Celanese Road on Nov. 19, 2013.
Cunningham, 21, was sentenced by Judge Lee Alford to 14 years in prison for attempted armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and criminal conspiracy. He was initially charged with murder but that charge had been dismissed, according to public records.
Cunningham, along with Laterrious Ashley, 21, and Keynan McClinton, 21, were involved in the attempted armed robbery and fatal shooting of Poirier during a botched drug deal, police say. The suspects had planned to rob Poirier for his marijuana and money. Instead, guns were drawn and Poirier was killed.
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Poirier is survived by a 5-year-old daughter and his mother.
In August, McClinton received 12 to 20 years in prison on a negotiated plea deal on attempted armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and conspiracy charges.
Cunningham and McClinton fled to Florida after the incident but turned themselves into the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 25.
McClinton’s mother, Arliver McClinton, 40, sister, Deemetria McClinton, 25, and girlfriend, Shakira McCullough, 18, were believed to have aided the suspects in fleeing the state and were charged with accessory after the fact to murder on Nov. 26, 2013.
Ashley was shot during the incident and was arrested after being released from the hospital. On Dec. 4, Ashley pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, burglary, attempted armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and conspiracy charges.
Ashley received a 25-year sentence for his role in the shooting.