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

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:26 PM

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.

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