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Man gets life in Tavares slaying

Jan. 11, 2008 at 3:32 PM   |   Comments

MIAMI , Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A Florida judge has sentenced a 25-year-old man to life in prison for the shooting death of the son of recording artist Antone "Chubby" Tavares.

Tavares, was the lead singer of Tavares, a disco group that had hits like "She's Gone" and "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" in the 1970s and 1980s.

Broward Circuit Court Judge Ilona Holmes Friday sentenced Peter Jerome Cunningham for killing Jason Tavares, 23, in 2002, The Miami Herald reported.

Cunningham fled the state and lived in New York under an assumed name after the shooting.

He was arrested after the case appeared on the TV show "America's Most Wanted."

Holmes said Cunningham's actions following Tavares' death did not back up his claim that he shot the other man in self-defense.

"Let's face it, he got what he deserved," Antone Tavares told the newspaper. "Everybody loses. I lost my son, but here they lost their son."

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