JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- A North Carolina jury has convicted a former Camp Lejeune Marine from Ohio after a deadly game with a loaded handgun that left his roommate dead.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that 21-year-old Michael Everett Smith of Erie County, Ohio, was found guilty Thursday of second degree murder. Smith was sentenced to between eight and 10 and a half years in prison for the death of 19-year-old Bryan Thorkelson.
Prosecutors persuaded jurors that Smith shot Thorkelson at their kitchen table during a Russian roulette-like game in which
participants take turns pointing a handgun at each other. The game has been reported in Marine barracks in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Smith was discharged from the Marine Corps after his arrest. He had served for about three years.
Information from: The Daily News
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