Cornell fraternity found guilty for teenager’s hazing death

Cornell University’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter was found guilty last week of first-degree hazing, a class D felony, and providing alcohol to a minor after a 19 year-old pledge died during a hazing ritual.

Members of the fraternity kidnapped the teenager at his home, bound his hands and feet with duct tape and zip ties, and then forced him to drink alcohol until he passed out. He would never regain consciousness and was later found to have a blood alcohol level more than four times over the legal limit.

According to Reuters, members will not be sentenced since the court considers the fraternity a corporation. The deceased’s parents have since filed a $25 million wrongful death suit.