Battle Creek Man Enters Plea in Friend's Slaying

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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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  • by REN Location: Lansing on Jan 17, 2013 at 06:12 AM
    Beyond supid. Even a child knows that you don't play with guns. At least he is man enough to accept responsibility for his actions. Refreshing he didn't blame someone else.
  • by Taar on Jan 15, 2013 at 05:51 PM
    Ya gotta love natural selection...
  • by Angie Location: Lansing on Jan 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM
    The 2013 Darwin Awards are off to a strong start. Shoe in for Finalist!
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 12, 2013 at 04:13 PM
    Really, a drinking game involving a loaded weapon at the age of 34? You cant fix stupid!!!
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