Yet another news story of a chess game getting out of control.
"Guilty Plea Entered in Chess-Game Death"
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Iowa City man has pleaded guilty in the death of his opponent in a chess game.
David Christian was originally charged with second-degree murder. However, on Friday the 30-year-old pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Johnson County District Court.
Assistant Johnson County Attorney David Tiffany said the plea deal was influenced by the victim's family, who wanted Christian to receive help for his psychological problems.
Police said Christian and Michael Alan Steward were playing chess and drinking at Christian's residence on Oct. 19, 2008, when a quarrel turned violent. They say Christian apparently trapped Steward's neck between his legs and squeezed until Steward was dead.
Although a sentencing date hasn't been determined, the plea agreement includes a recommendation for the mandatory 10-year sentence.