LARGO — A St. Petersburg man who once contended that his friend had shot himself during a game of Russian roulette was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Donnie McLendon, 26, died in October of last year after he was shot in the head at a St. Petersburg home.
Thomas Wane Rady and a friend at first told police that they had been drinking and smoking marijuana with McLendon when an armed man ran into the home and shot McLendon in a botched robbery. Later, the pair changed their story to say that they had been playing Russian roulette and that during McLendon's turn, the gun went off.
After McLendon died, an autopsy revealed inconsistencies in that story.
Rady, 30, was in fact holding the gun when he accidentally fired a shot, hitting McLendon.