Battle Creek Man Enters Plea in Friend's Slaying

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) -- A 34-year-old Michigan man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the slaying of a friend while they were playing a drinking game with a loaded revolver.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Samuel Castanier told a Calhoun County judge Friday that he and 34-year-old Nicholas Ullrich "were playing a game with guns."

Ullrich was shot once in the head last September as he, Castanier and a third friend were celebrating a birthday at Castanier's Battle Creek home.

Police have said the revolver was loaded with a single cartridge and that the men believed they were safe by looking at the cylinder before pulling the trigger. They said they forgot the loaded chamber advances when the trigger is pulled.

Castanier will be sentenced Feb. 22.

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