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Iowan sent to prison in chess-game slaying

Oct 13, 2009, 7:33 AM 2

OWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa City man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in the death of his opponent in a chess game.

David Christian was sentenced on Monday in Johnson County District Court for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Steward in October 2008.

The two men got into a fight while playing chess at Christian's home. Police say Christian forced Steward's head between his legs and squeezed until Steward died.

Christian was originally charged with second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge last month.



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