US man who gave gun to suicidal friend is convicted of manslaughter

Christopher Burda said his friend was so despondent over her father's death and other problems that he believed only a major jolt would snap her out of it. He said he was "calling her bluff" when he retrieved the 9 mm Beretta he had bought from her father and even reloaded it with three fresh bullets after it failed to fire on Nancy Choquette's first attempt. Moments later, she lifted the gun to her head and used it to kill herself in Burda's kitchen. Burda now faces up to 20 years in prison after a jury convicted him Tuesday of involuntary manslaughter in Choquette's death on Nov. 21, 2005, her 51st birthday.