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Accused murder sentenced to prison for burglary charge

A Kingman man charged with the shaking death of his infant daughter in 2001 was sentenced Monday to prison on a burglary charge.

Steven Raymond Zuncs was sentenced to two and a half years for third-degree burglary of cars at a Kingman car dealership on Stockton Hill Road in September.

Zuncs, 21, recently pleaded guilty for third-degree burglary.

A second charge of theft was dropped under the plea agreement.

Judge Steven Conn delayed sending Zuncs to the state Department of Corrections until the murder case has been resolved.

Zuncs had been released on his own recognizance for the Sept.

3 burglary when he was arrested on the first-degree murder charge in November.

The murder trial date is Sept.


Paramedics responded to a Kingman apartment on Roosevelt Street on Nov.

15, 2001, and a report of an infant who was not breathing.

The baby was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center and later flown to a Phoenix hospital, where she died the next morning.

If convicted, Zuncs could be sentenced life in prison without parole or life with parole after 37 years.

For a child abuse charge, he could be sentenced to 12 to 26 years in prison if convicted.

The county attorney's office decided not to seek the death penalty against Zuncs.


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