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Russian Roulette death: Police say drunken game turned fatal in East Troy

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Robert Sterling

Robert Sterling

WALWORTH COUNTY — 31-year-old Robert Sterling of McHenry, Illinois now faces multiple charges in connection with the fatal shooting of David Bauspies on Monday, January 2nd. According to prosecutors, the homicide stemmed from a drunken game of Russian Roulette.

Sterling faces the following charges:

  • First-degree reckless homicide
  • Homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon

According to the criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to an apartment building on Emery Ct. in the Village of East Troy around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, January 2nd for a reported gunshot victim. When officers entered the apartment, they found Sterling “kneeling over” Bauspies, who suffered a single gunshot wound to the face. The complaint says “there was a revolver laying on the floor near the victim.”

Suspicious death investigation in East Troy

Suspicious death investigation in East Troy

Officials interviewed a third person who had been in the apartment at the time — and he stated that he “decided to show everyone his gun.” The person told officers that “Bauspies and the defendant had both been drinking a lot of beer and were ‘pretty drunk.'” The person took out his .44 Magnum revolver, removed the six rounds and showed it to everyone.

At some point, the complaint indicates the person put one round back into the gun, held it to his head and did not pull the trigger. Next, that person handed the gun to Sterling. The complaint says Sterling “spun the cylinder, held the gun up” to his head and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire.

Suspicious death investigation in East Troy

Suspicious death investigation in East Troy

The complaint says Sterling then “pointed the gun at Bauspies and pulled the trigger, causing the gun to fire.”

Officers interviewed Sterling who stated he “had been drinking alcohol on January 1, 2017 and January 2, 2017.”

Sterling faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted on the reckless homicide charge. The homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon charge comes with a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and $25,000 in fines.


  • 2017willbebetter

    the owner of the gun should also be charged. No responsible gun owner would produce and allow a firearms into the hands of person that had been drinking. Contributing and party to a crime.Gives legal, responsible gun owners a bad reputation.

    • Alex Rose

      Lol i used to watch local cops shot trap and drink at the same time down at the trap and gun club, many people did. I think darwins theory came into place here just saying.

  • Tony Brzezicki

    Of coarse now we will here how it’s too many guns out there. This is too many idiots out there and these two were of that club, now were less one of them. This is a classic case of it’s not the gun it’s the idiot pulling the trigger. What is the cure? Outlaw the gun or the beer they drank or thew apartment they lived in (so they wouldn’t have a place to do it) or the refrigerator (so they wouldn’t have a place to hold the beer) Fact is the world is still full of idiots

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