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Judge sentences former soldier to 120 days in connection with Russian roulette death

 

A former U.S. Army soldier who was cleared of manslaughter for his role in the fatal shooting of his best friend during an alcohol-fueled game of Russian roulette will spend about four months behind bars for weapons misconduct.

Alaska Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller sentenced Jacob Brouch to 360 days behind bars on Wednesday but suspended 240 of them for time served, NBC station KTUU-TV reported.


Jacob Brouch, 27, was acquitted of manslaughter on April 26 but found guilty of fourth-degree weapons misconduct.

On March 6, 2011, Brouch had been drinking for some 36 hours with Sgt. Michael McCloskey, 26, when McCloskey asked him for a Ruger revolver as well as one bullet, KTUU reported. McCloskey then loaded the bullet into the gun and fatally shot himself in the stomach.

Prosecutors argued that Brouch was criminally negligent for handing over the gun to McCloskey, and that he enticed his roommate into playing Russian roulette. But the jury disagreed, finding Brouch only guilty of the misdemeanor weapons charge.

Both men had been stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, McCloskey, a New Jersey native, had survived two tours of duty with the Army.

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