Soldier not guilty in Russian roulette death

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 06:19

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A jury acquitted an Army soldier on Thursday of manslaughter and homicide charges in the death of a friend during a drunken game of Russian roulette.

The jurors returned not guilty verdicts on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges for Jacob Brouch, 27. He was found guilty of a weapons misconduct charge, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Prosecutors said it was Brouch who handed his 26-year-old friend the bullet and the six-shot revolver after McCloskey repeatedly expressed his hatred of Russian roulette during the fatal shooting at Brouch’s Eagle River home on March 6, 2011.

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