Christian Sentenced in Chess-Game Murder

David Christian, 29, of Iowa City makes his initial appearance by video from the Johnson County Jail on charges of second degree murder and public intoxication Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 in Iowa City. Christian was charged with murder after a fight early on Sunday over a chess game resulted in the death of Michael Steward, 39, of Iowa City. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)


By Daren Sukhram

IOWA CITY (AP) - 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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