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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A Bridgeport landlord is facing a potential life prison sentence for killing a tenant in a dispute over rent money.

The Connecticut Post reports  that 41-year-old Jimmy Cunningham is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court to up to 65 years in prison.

Cunningham had boasted that he’d be acquitted of murdering 32-year-old Daniel Speller, the father of a 6-year-old girl. But a jury convicted him of murder in August, despite his self-defense claim.

Police say Speller was fatally shot in August 2012 after an argument on the front porch of a house where he rented an apartment from Cunningham.

Authorities say Cunningham drove away with Speller’s body in a cooler rack on the back of his Hummer and was arrested while trying to dump the body.
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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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