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Drinking game sends man to prison

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Victim Nicholas Ulrich, who did not survive his friend's drinking game
Victim Nicholas Ulrich, who did not survive his friend's drinking game

BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) -- It was a drinking game using a gun loaded with a single bullet, a recipe for disaster that has now cost one man his life and will cost another his freedom. Last September, Samuel Castanier,

Nicholas Ulrich and a third man were at a birthday party in Battle Creek, put one bullet in the revolver and thought as long as they could see the bullet in the cylinder that they were safe. But what they forgot or didn’t know is that it advances and then fires. Castanier was holding the gun aimed at Ulrich’s head when it went off.

The judge cited that carelessness and Castanier’s extensive criminal record and gave him 7 to 22-

1/2 years in prison this week.

A warrant for a double murder in Albion over two years ago has now been issued, naming Thomas Parks for the gangland style shooting of Ryan Erwin and Henry Williams as they sat in a car in a Church Parking lot near Holland Park in Albion on a July evening. Police say it appears that Parks just began firing into the car, going from side to side, firing at least a dozen shots into the two, who were dead before police arrived.
Parks had apparently been their suspect from the beginning but it took a while to compile enough evidence to authorize a warrant. He is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail for another shooting.
Police have not released a motive for the crime.

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