South Bend man sentenced to 35 years in prison in Russian roulette death of acquaintance

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SOUTH BEND, Indiana — A man who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the killing of an acquaintance in a game of Russian roulette has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

A St. Joseph County judge sentenced 22-year-old Jacob Saye on Wednesday in the death of 21-year-old Christopher White at a party on Feb. 23. Saye originally had been charged with murder and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge last month.

Court documents say both men were at a party when Saye suggested trying Russian roulette after a game of beer pong. Authorities said Saye put a handgun, loaded with five rounds, to White's head and pulled the trigger, killing him. Court documents say other party-goers warned Saye that a semi-automatic pistol would not work for the game.

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