Three former members of a fraternity have been sentenced to prison terms and two others have been placed under house arrest for their role in the hazing of a student at Bowling Green State University.
The charges stemmed from the death in March 2021 of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity brother Stone Foltz, 20, a sophomore from Delaware, Ohio.
Mr. Foltz died of alcohol poisoning after a fraternity initiation in which he was overcome to drink an entire bottle of alcohol.
He was found unconscious by a roommate after members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity dropped him off at his apartment.
They called 911 and tried to save his life, but Mr. Foltz died on March 7.
An autopsy found that Mr Foltz had a blood alcohol level of 0.35, more than four times the legal maximum limit.
Jarrett Prizel, 19, of Olean, New York, Daylen Dunson, 22, of Cleveland, and Ben Boyers, 21, of Sylvania, Ohio, had all pleaded guilty to reckless murder and hazing. Dunson and Boyers also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, while Dunson also admitted to tampering with evidence.
Niall Sweeney, 21, of Erie, Pennsylvania, and Aaron Lehane, 21, of Loveland, Ohio, both pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and hazing, while Lehane also admitted to obstructing official business.
Prizel, Sweeney and Dunson were sentenced to between 21 and 28 days in prison, 28 days of house arrest and two to three years’ probation.
Boyers and Lehane were both sentenced to 28 days of house arrest and two years’ probation.
Two other members of the fraternity, Jacob Krinn and Troy Henricksen, were found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and reckless manslaughter at trial, but convicted on lower charges.
His father Cory Foltz told a Wood County court hearing on Thursday that the members of the fraternity “continue to push the boundaries” without being punished.
“I ask that you hold these young men accountable for the maximum sentences so that they and the prospective members of the BGSU fraternity understand that hazing is not tolerated in Wood County.”
Mr. Foltz’s family has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and 20 individuals.
According to the civil lawsuit, Mr Foltz was forced to drink the equivalent of 40 shots of liquor in about 20 minutes.