Murdered Over Pork Steaks: John Cunningham Found Guilty of Manslaughter

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John Cunningham
A jury found John Cunningham, 44, guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday after he shot and killed his uncle during an argument over pork steaks.

Cunningham was trying to convince his uncle, Lessie Lowe, 44, that the cuts of meat they were about to cook were pork steaks, not pork chops. Lowe disagreed, the fight got heated and Cunningham ended up killing Lowe with a shotgun.

Prosecutors originally sought first-degree murder charges against Cunningham, which would have meant an automatic life sentence without parole.

Instead, the court will sentence Cunningham for lesser charges of voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action on Dec. 20.

See also: Pork Steaks or Pork Chops? Don't Get Murdered; Get the Facts

Cunningham was correct about his cut of meat. A pork steak is cut from the pig's shoulder, analogous to a chuck roast in cows, Joe LeGrand, co-owner of LeGrand's Market, told the Daily RFT.

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Mmmmm, pork steak!
A pork chop comes from the back loin, like a T-bone steak on a cow. Pork steaks have more fat and are easier to cook.


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TomTucker
TomTucker

You don't debate a man over his pork steak, doesn't everyone know that?

rkasson
rkasson

I'm trying to wrap my head around the voluntary manslaughter charge.  It seems to me 2nd degree murder would have been more appropriate.  The other thing is, why would someone grab a gun in this kind of argument.   You just can't fix stupid!

Chris Mather
Chris Mather

They must have been some fucking amazing pork steaks!

Raymond Farrar
Raymond Farrar

I knew pork was bad for your health, but this is ridiculous!

Jeff Boyer
Jeff Boyer

Anyone from st.louis knows what a damn pork steak is, elsewhere people don't have a clue what your talking about when you ask for one...cubs fan possibly????

Clay Joseph Lasiter
Clay Joseph Lasiter

Yeah. It almost made it seem like it was reduced to manslaughter because he was right about the cut.

Jeff Boyer
Jeff Boyer

Thank god he was right, that could have been embarrassing

Natasha Mayton
Natasha Mayton

Man, but have you tried pork steaks from a food truck after a late night of clubbing? I'll tell you, they top pork chops anyday!

Babs VanHoose-Dunaway
Babs VanHoose-Dunaway

This is a sad story, but it did seem odd that the RFT would get an expert to explain which cut of meat it actually was. lol Traci Range.

Louis-Man
Louis-Man

@Jeff Boyer Pork steaks look like a 20oz Porterhouse steak, while pork chops are tiny.  The place I go to eat have pork steaks that are the same size as a dinner plate, so you have to put the sides you ordered in separate bowls.  This is an $8.50 meal.  I usually take half the steak home because at 1-1/2" thick, it's just too much to eat in one meal.

Louis-Man
Louis-Man

@Jeff Boyer Pork Steaks are huge, like a 20oz Porterhouse steak.

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