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Lugoff man to serve 10 years after violating probation

Posted: July 31, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Jeffrey Cunningham


A Lugoff man is headed to prison after violating the terms of his probation from a 2007 case of reckless homicide that claimed the life of a county woman.

According to a 2007 indictment obtained from the Kershaw County Clerk of Court’s office, a grand jury indicted Jeffrey Cunningham, now 31, with reckless homicide and driving under the influence (second offense) in connection with the Aug. 18, 2007, collision.

That collision -- on Ward Road in Lugoff near the intersection of Alder Road -- took the life of 32-year-old Mary Ann Sellers. At the time, Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Sellers was pulling out or backing out of a driveway when she was struck by Cunningham.

For unknown reasons, it was not until December 2013 that a deal was made for Cunningham to receive a 10-year sentence, reduced to 90 days to be served on weekends at the Kershaw County Detention Center, plus three additional years on probation.

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, however, Cunningham reported to the jail for only about 15 consecutive weekends -- roughly one-third of his sentence -- then stopped turning himself in, thus violating his probation.

Wednesday, Cunningham appeared before Judge Robert E. Hood for violating the terms of the agreement. Hood sent him to prison for his entire 10-year sentence and imposed an additional year for the probation violation.

According to online court records, Cunningham has faced numerous previous charges, including driving under the influence, first offense, driving under suspension, open container, hit and run, reckless driving, public disorderly conduct, breach of peace and seatbelt violation.



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