Man gets 5 years for killing friend during Russian roulette

Posted at 9:42 PM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 23:42:22-04

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A 22-year-old man who killed a friend during a game of Russian roulette in suburban Denver has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Marquis Brooks was sentenced Tuesday for the Feb. 22 death of 22-year-old Zachary Espinosa-Bivens at an apartment complex in Westminster. Brooks previously pleaded guilty to several charges, including manslaughter.

Investigators say he had been drinking, using drugs and talking about suicide when he brought out his gun and unloaded all but one bullet. Brooks then pointed it at his own head and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire.

He then pointed it at Espinosa-Bivens' head and fired, killing him.

Prosecutors say Brooks fled the scene without trying to help his friend.