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BGSU fraternity members who took plea deal in hazing death sentenced

Multiple members of the fraternity involved in the hazing death of Stone Foltz in March 2021 were sentenced in Wood County Court Thursday.
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 12:32 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Multiple members of the fraternity involved in the hazing death of Stone Foltz in March 2021 were sentenced in Wood County Court Thursday.

Those receiving their sentences had taken plea deals as part of a strategy targeting Jacob Krinn and Troy Henricksen. Those two were acquitted of the most serious charges at trial in May.

The first defendant in court Thursday, Daylen Dunsen, had pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, among other charges. He was given a suspended three-year sentence, meaning he will only serve that time if he violates his probation. He was ordered to spend 21 days in jail and 28 days under house arrest.

The second, Jarrett Prizel, received 28 days in jail, 28 days under house arrest and two years probation, with a three-year suspended prison sentence. He is required to complete his college degree as part of his conditions. Prizel starts his jail time on July 18.

The third, Niall Sweeney, who was convicted of hazing and tampering with evidence, received two years probation, 14 days in jail, and 28 days of house arrest. Sweeney was taken into custody immediately.

The fourth, Benjamin Boyers, received 28 days of house arrest, 100 hours of community service and no jail time. As part of his conditions, Boyers is required to complete his college degree.

The fifth, Aaron Lehane, who was convicted of obstructing justice, obstructing official business, hazing and failure to comply with underage alcohol laws, received 28 days of house arrest starting today, 10 hours of community service and a $500 fine. He is required to maintain full-time employment or go back to school full-time as part of his conditions.

Foltz died from alcohol poisoning days after he was found unresponsive in his apartment following a Pi Kappa Alpha big/little event for pledges. Police testified that that Foltz drank a one-liter bottle of bourbon in just 23 minutes during the hazing event. His Blood Alcohol Level was .35, according to medical testing.

BGSU expelled the frat after the incident. Ohio lawmakers have also passed anti-hazing legislation since Foltz’s death. Hazing is now considered a felony in Ohio.

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