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Nine men have been charged over the alleged hazing death of an Ohio University student, 18, who was 'forced to take drugs and drink a gallon of alcohol in an hour.'
The Athens County prosecutor announced indictments Tuesday related to the death of 18-year-old freshman Collin Wiant last November and allegations about members of the fraternity he had sought to join.
Students - Manslaughter - Homicide
Two former students indicted for involuntary manslaughter and another for reckless homicide.
Rex Elliott, an attorney for Wiant´s parents, said the charges mark an important step in their broader quest to eliminate hazing and help others understand the costs of such behavior.
Order - Change - Consequences - Elliott
'In order to affect change, there have to be consequences,' Elliott said.
Most of the defendants face drug- or alcohol-related charges, such as permitting drug abuse or trafficking in cocaine, LSD or harmful intoxicants. Five are charged with misdemeanor hazing.
Individuals - Joshua - Thomas - Androsac - Saxon
The individuals indicted include: Joshua Thomas Androsac, 20; Saxon Angell-Perez; Dominic A. Figliola; Corbin Michael Gustafson, 22; Zachary Herskovitz, 22.
Also included are Cullen Willi McLaughlin, 20; Elijah Robert Wahib, 22; James Dylan Wanke, 25; and Stephan Brent Lewis, 27, ABC reported.
Wiant - Family - Sigma - Pi - Fraternity
Wiant's family has sued the Sigma Pi fraternity, alleging the teen from the Columbus suburb of Dublin died of asphyxiation after ingesting nitrous oxide provided to and forced on him by fraternity members.
It is alleged members of Sigma Pi allegedly forced him to ingest nitrous oxide from canisters while doing 'whippets' inside their fraternity house on November 11, 2018.
Whippets - Act - Oxide - Canisters - Whip
Whippets refer to the act of huffing nitrous oxide from canisters, like whip cream cans, to receive a quick high.
He was found unresponsive the next morning and local authorities were called.
Fraternity - Allegations - Wiant - Pledge - Time
The fraternity has denied those allegations and said Wiant wasn't a pledge at the time because he had been removed from the process weeks earlier.
The university later expelled Sigma Pi for...
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