Eight current and former students were charged with manslaughter and hazing on Wednesday after an alleged incident of alcohol-fueled hazing ended in the death of a student at Bowling Green State University in the Ohio.
Stone Foltz, 20, has died. March 7, three days after attending a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity event at an off-campus home. The Lucas County Coroner ruled that his death was an accident following a fatal level of alcohol poisoning during a hazing incident.
Prosecutors said Foltz was required to attend the fraternity event along with other new members. After being dropped off at his apartment that night, his family’s lawyer said, a roommate found him unresponsive. Prosecutors said when first responders arrived, her roommate was performing CPR in Foltz.
A roommate of another student who signed up for fellowship told CBS affiliate WTOL that the student told him that the promises were to drink “a handful” of alcohol. A handful of alcohol is a 1.75ml bottle of alcohol, which equates to approximately 40 shots of 1.5 ounces.
A grand jury has indicted six current Bowling Green students and two former students on various felony and misdemeanor charges, including manslaughter, tortious hazing, tampering with evidence and reckless homicide.
Jacob Krinn, 20, of Delaware, Ohio, was the only member of the group to be charged with first degree manslaughter, a charge that alleges the defendant caused death by committing or attempting to commit a felony. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison. Krinn also faces criminal assault charges, which alleges the defendant caused grievous bodily harm to another person, resulting in a maximum sentence of 8 years in prison.
Other defendants face a combination of charges, including third degree manslaughter, reckless homicide, tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice – each carrying maximum sentences of three years of jail.
In a statement to WTOL, Foltz’s family said they were grateful for the “hard work” of law enforcement and prosecutors and were “confident to ensure that justice is done”.
The family also said the indictment was “just a step in the right direction” and called on government officials and university presidents to take “swift action” to end the hazing of Brotherhood.
“We are living every parent’s worst nightmare and will not be at peace until brotherhood hazing is seen for what it really is – abuse. This is unacceptable, and in Stone’s case , it was fatal, ”the statement said. “How many injuries and deaths will it take for those in positions of power to do the right thing?”
Bowling Green State University said after his death that Foltz was a sophomore from Delaware County, Ohio.