Multnomah County
District Attorney

1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
Portland, OR 97204
503-988-3162

Multnomah County District Attorney

 
1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
| Portland, OR 97204
| 503-988-3162
 

Gerry Cunningham Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for 2022 Attempted Murder 

September 19, 2023

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced today that a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Gerry Deray Cunningham, 41, to 10 years in prison for a 2022 attempted murder with a firearm in southeast Portland.

Incident

On September 27, 2022, officers from the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct responded to a bar in the area of Southeast 159th and Stark Street on reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers provided emergency medical aid until an ambulance arrived and transported the victim to OHSU with life-threatening injuries. East Precinct officers located witnesses and evidence of gunfire. Through their investigation, officers identified the suspect as Gerry Cunningham.

Portland Police referred the case to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, and charges were filed following a grand jury indictment in November 2022.

Plea and Sentencing

Senior Deputy DA Eric Zimmerman represented the state in this case. As part of a plea agreement negotiated with the defendant and his counsel, Cunningham pled guilty on August 24 to one count of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, one count of Assault in the First Degree, and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Judge Christopher Marshall imposed the 10-year prison sentence yesterday. Cunningham is currently in custody in Multnomah County and will be transported to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

The DA’s Office thanks the Portland Police officers and detectives who assisted with this case.

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