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Man gets plea deal in fire extinguisher death

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A Chicago man negotiated a plea deal after a southern Illinois man was killed when he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher.

Ryan Small got 20 years for one count of second degree murder and five years consecutive for possession of meth.  Small did face first-degree murder charges.

Savoy Cunningham's body was found in a Herrin parking lot on July 2, 2008. 

Ricky Allen Cooper and Small of Chicago are accused of killing Cunningham during a fight.

While investigators say Small was the one who actually struck Cunningham in the head with a fire extinguisher thereby causing his death, both Small and Cooper allegedly acted together, under Illinois law, that makes them equally responsible for the crime.

Ricky Allen Cooper previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.  Cooper has been sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of his plea agreement.

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