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Va. man sentenced to 20 years in nightclub shooting

Tuesday - 1/22/2013, 4:20pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - A man who fatally shot a Petersburg man outside a Richmond nightclub will spend 20 years in prison.

Media outlets report a Richmond Circuit Court judge sentenced 23-year-old Kevin Cunningham Tuesday to 43 years with 23 suspended in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Uzzle outside Have a Nice Day Cafe in 2010.

Cunningham pleaded no contest in October to second-degree murder and a related firearm charge.

He was convicted of the same charges in 2010, but an appeals court reversed the convictions because prosecutors used evidence that he had illegally purchased the gun used in the crime.

Cunningham testified then that he shot Uzzle in self-defense because he feared for his life. Prosecutors argued he did it out of revenge for a beating earlier that day.

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