Connecticut man gets 5 years after friend dies playing Russian routlette

VERNON, Conn. (AP) — A 27-year-old Connecticut man is heading to prison after another man killed himself while the two were playing Russian roulette last July.

John Dybowski was convicted Tuesday of criminal possession of a firearm, making a false statement to police, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence. The Hartford Courant reports ( he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Prosecutors say they could not find a way to hold Dybowski responsible for the death of 38-year-old Armand Cyr, who shot himself in the head.

Tolland State’s Attorney Matthew Gedansky told the judge Dybowski and Cyr were using heroin when the pair began to play Russian roulette with a .38-caliber revolver.

An arrest warrant says a friend was video-chatting with Cyr and saw him shoot himself in the head inside Dybowski’s apartment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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