A Bluefield man will serve 15 years in the penitentiary after pleading guilty to second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony earlier this year.
Calvin Dawayne Powers, then 28, was charged in the January 2017 shooting death of 16-year-old Tyler Buchanan at Crescent View Apartments in Bluefield. Powers was indicted for first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, maliciously discharge a firearm within an occupied dwelling, child endangerment, brandishing a firearm and removing/altering a serial number on a firearm.
The murder charge was reduced to second degree and he pleaded guilty to that and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony Jan. 30. The remaining charges were dropped. Powers received 32 years on the murder with 19 years and 11 months suspended and three years for the use of a firearm charge.
Powers gave a statement that he and Buchanan were playing Russian roulette and there was one bullet in the gun when he spun the cylinder, put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. He then put the gun to Buchanan’s head, spun the cylinder again, pulled the trigger and the gun fired.
Buchanan, a student at Graham High died a day later in a Roanoke hospital.