5 Former Frat Members Sentenced in Hazing Death

3 pleaded guilty to reckless homicide
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2022 10:15 AM CDT
5 Former Frat Members Sentenced in Hazing Death
Cory and Shari Foltz look on while Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson, left, takes questions from the media at the Wood County Courthouse, April 29, 2021, in Bowling Green, Ohio.   (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune via AP, Fille)

(Newser) – Three former fraternity members were sentenced Thursday to jail terms for their roles in the hazing death of a Bowling Green State University student, while two others were ordered to serve house arrest. Jarrett Prizel, 19; Daylen Dunson, 22; and Ben Boyers, 21, had all pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and hazing counts, the AP reports. Dunson and Boyers also pleaded guilty to obstructing justice, while Dunson also admitted to tampering with evidence. Niall Sweeney and Aaron Lehane, both 21, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and hazing, while Lehane also admitted to obstructing official business.

The charges stemmed from the March 2021 death of Stone Foltz, 20, a sophomore from Delaware, Ohio. Authorities said Foltz died of alcohol poisoning after a fraternity initiation event in which he was hazed into finishing 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. Foltz died three days after he was put on life support. Prizel was sentenced to 28 days in jail and two years' probation. Dunson received a 21-day jail term and three years of probation, while Sweeney was given a 14-day jail sentence and two years of probation.

Boyers and Lehane were each sentenced to 28 days of house arrest and two years' probation. Sentencing is pending for three other former fraternity members, including Jacob Krinn, who was Foltz's "big brother" during the fraternity event. In a statement issued Thursday, Foltz’s parents, Shari and Cory Foltz, noted the sentences were the conclusion for the former fraternity members. But the couple said "there will be no closure for our family until hazing is permanently eradicated on college campuses."

(Read more hazing stories.)

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