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Fraternity brothers sentenced in Monroe hazing death

12 Января 2018

Sheldon Wong, 25, Charles Lai, 27, Raymond Lam, 24, and Kenny Kwan, 28, pleaded guilty in May to felony charges of voluntary manslaughter and hindering apprehension.

Kenny Kwan received 12 to 24 months in county jail. Charles Lai was sentenced to time served.

"PI DELTA PSI" is sentenced to 10 years probation. and must pay more than $100,000 in fines over a five year period.

Michael Deng poses with his father in an undated photo.

'It's the epitome of a lack of acceptance of responsibility. "It's their rituals and functions that led us here today", Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Kim Metzger said in court on Monday, the AP reported.

In addition to being barred from conducting business in Pennsylvania while on probation, Pi Delta Psi must also give written notice 60 days from Monday of its conviction and sentence to all colleges and universities across the country where it now has or has ever had a chapter, associate chapter or colony, or where they plan to host or establish them, Metzger said.

The Pi Delta Psi brothers were from Baruch College in New York City, but rented a home in the Poconos for a pledging ritual process. Raymond Lam and Sheldon Wong were given 10 to 24 months each.

Doug Fierberg, an attorney for Deng's family who has represented multiple high profile hazing victims in the past, previously told CNN the verdict showed that "national fraternities can and should be held criminal and civilly responsible for the injury and death caused by their members".

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"'Not one person out of 37 picked up a telephone and called an ambulance. I can not wrap my head around it", Monroe County President Judge Margherita Patti-Worthington said Monday, according to the AP. "So there's something greater going on here, and I think it's probably really prevalent". The state sentencing guideline for the crimes was 22 to 36 months.

The grieving mother wrote of her anguish in a statement that will be delivered Monday at the sentencing of the four men who are charged in her son's death. Lam was the most emotional, saying he has tried to kill himself, having been consumed by guilt. He never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead the next day.

Testimony indicated Deng faced more violent hazing than the other pledges because he attempted to fight back.

"This punishment should forever remind them of the pain and grief we will carry for the rest of our lives as the result of their misconduct", Mary Deng wrote.

In that February 2017 case, 19-year-old fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza was served at least 18 drinks in 82 minutes, then drunkenly fell headfirst down a flight of stairs.

The fraternity also called itself 'in part a victim, ' which brought a rebuke from Monroe County President Judge Margherita Patti-Worthington.

Some experts believe the prosecution and subsequent outcome of the Deng case is a signal that courts are taking a tougher stance on hazing deaths than they have in the past.

Police said Deng was injured while participating in a ritual known as the "glass ceiling", in which pledges, blindfolded and wearing a 30-pound backpack, must "get through a line of brothers while fraternity members shove and take the pledges down and resist the pledge from getting through the line".

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Fraternity brothers sentenced in Monroe hazing death