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Teenager sentenced in Russian roulette killing

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- An act of "stupidity," a mother's words to an Ottawa County judge, as she asked for the maximum sentence for her son's killer.

Richard Usher, 18, was sentenced to at least three years in prison for shooting his friend in the face during a game of Russian Roulette earlier this year.

Usher was the only inmate, wearing red as he walked into the courtroom. The teen appeared self conscious, quickly glancing at the news cameras and looking away.

His former friend's mother, Jannie Kuiper, directly faced the judge and described a final goodbye to her 16-year-old son, Brandon.

"His last words to me as he walked out the door were, 'See you mom'," says Jannie Kuiper. " I will see him again one day but until then, his friends, family, and myself will have to live with Richard Usher's violent stupidity."

During a game of Russian Roulette inside his home earlier this year, Usher shot Brandon in the face.

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Brandon's mother described the disturbing details in the hospital, before her son died. "Two nurses were compressing towels on his face, the towels were lifted briefly for me to see his face, his face that was gushing blood as he was bleeding," says Jannie Kuiper.

Then Kuiper read a letter from Brandon's brother, asking for no mercy from the judge. "I think Richard Usher should serve the maximum sentence for what he did , he's an adult and he pointed the weapon pulled the trigger and took my brothers' life."

The judge sentenced Usher to a minimum three years in prison.
Usher never asked the judge for mercy, instead offering an apology to Brandon's mother. "I want to say to Ms. Kuiper that I'm truly sorry about what happened to Brandon, I think about him everyday, I wish I could go back and change the past. he was one of my brothers and he always will be in spirit," said Usher.

Usher was sentenced to two years in prison for a felony firearm charge. He will then serve between one and 15 additional years for manslaughter, which will be decided by the parole board.