Russian roulette shooter gets minimum of 3 years for friend's death

An Ottawa County teen who killed his friend during a game of Russian roulette last spring has been sentenced to at least 12 months behind bars for the death, to be served following a two-year sentence for a felony firearms charge.
Becky Vargo
Nov 4, 2013


Richard Mack Usher, 19, of Tallmadge Township was sentenced Monday after entering a plea in early October. A judge sentenced him to serve between 12 months and 180 months for his friend's death.

Brandon Kuiper, 16, died two days after the March 6 incident in the basement of the home Usher shared with his family. Police said the two were with a group of teenage boys playing with a .22-caliber handgun that night.

Drugs and alcohol were involved.

Usher shot Kuiper in the face during the incident, police said. The younger boy was taken to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where he died two days later.

The original plea agreement called for Usher to serve two years in prison on a felony firearm charge. Following that, he would serve at least one year and up to 15 years in prison for the manslaughter charge. The 244 days he has already served in jail will apply toward the sentence.



this young man has to carry this memory for rest of his life, hope this would be lesson when one plays stupid games


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