(Anderson, SC). Christian Lopez was sentenced today in Anderson General Sessions Court by the Honorable R. Lawton McIntosh for his role in the death of Chunsey Cunningham in October of 2013. The Honorable R. Lawton McIntosh sentenced Lopez to 13 years for Voluntary Manslaughter, 5 years for Criminal Conspiracy and 5 years for Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime. All sentences are to run concurrently. Lopez had pled guilty in February of this year but his sentencing was deferred at that time.  

 

In the early morning hours of October 20, 2013, Roger Rowland, Shawn Johnson, and Christian Lopez went to Skateland to meet someone. Conflicting statements were made by the defendants as to the reason for the meeting. Lopez and Rowland got out of the car driven by Michaela Christensen and walked to meet the man who was sitting in a car driven by Chunsey Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham, who had just stepped out of the car and was not the intended target, was shot in the head. He died at the scene. Everyone fled the scene. None of the guns involved in the shooting were ever recovered, thereby preventing any forensic confirmation of the shooter’s identity.