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Parents Win Wrongful Death Case Against Fraternity Member

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A student hazing a fraternity at Plattsburge State University in 2003 died during the initiation rites. His parents sued 14 members of the Psi Episilon Chi fraternity after their son’s death from water intoxication. The judge in the wrongful death lawsuit awarded the parents $1.5 Million.

After his death, which sparked outrage across the state, 10 of his alleged tormenters and an alumnus were collectively charged with more than 150 crimes and later pleaded guilty to a range of lesser charges that left them either serving probation or community service.

The 10 students were later expelled from Plattsburgh State.

13 of the fraternity members settled with the parents before going to trial. The fraternity no longer exists at PSU and the fraternity house was sold.

If you would like to learn more about wrongful death, please visit InjuryBoard’s Wrongful Death information page.