Man Gets 7-22 Years in Friend's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) -- A Battle Creek man has been ordered to serve seven to 22 years in prison in the shooting death of a friend while they were playing a drinking game with a loaded revolver.

Samuel Castanier was sentenced Friday in Calhoun County Circuit Court.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month.

Nicholas Ullrich was shot once in the head in 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 the men forgot the loaded chamber advances when the trigger is pulled.

Castanier called the shooting "the biggest tragedy" of his life.

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