Three Washington State frat members get probation in alcohol-related death of freshman

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The three defendants were ordered to pay fines of $1,000 each, as well as a $500 suspension.

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Three former members of a fraternity on the Washington State University campus were sentenced last week to eight months of supervised probation for the death of a 19-year-old freshman who died after drinking a large amount of alcohol.

Maxwell Rovegno, Cameron Thomas and Nolan Vlasic pleaded guilty to one count of alcohol submission to Sam Martinez during the November 2019 Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Chapter event. The Whitman County Medical Examiner called Martinez’s death an alcohol accident.

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According to court documents, the three defendants were ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, as well as a $500 suspension. A total of 15 people were charged in this case. Continuity has been granted to the other respondents till March 2022.

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In a Facebook post, Martinez’s mother, Jolene Hautz, said she read a statement in court during sentencing.

“On November 12, 2019, Bellevue police knocked on our front door and uttered the words that are every parent’s worst nightmare: Your beloved son is dead. We sank on our knees to the floor, and We cried and cried for so long that we grew up. Hoarse. We could barely breathe because of its pain,” the statement said.

“You called yourself his brother. You said you’d have his back. Instead, you turned your back on him when he needed you most. If either of you had called for help that night So Sam will be with us today,” Hautz continued. “We believe that some of you may know much more about what happened that night than can be shared with investigators. Some of you may still veil the name of your so-called brotherhood.”

Sam’s father Hautz and Hector Martinez file wrongful death court case Against the university and fraternity, which was suspended on the WSU campus until 2026.

The lawsuit states that Martinez lost consciousness within hours of drinking half a gallon of rum on November 11, 2019, but emergency medical personnel were not contacted until the next morning, “when it was too late to save her life.” ”

The suit accused the fraternity of performing hedging rituals, including forcing them to eat raw onions. Another activity called a “blackout date dash” allegedly involved handcuffing and casting a spell on the fraternity and locking them in a room.

The suit states that the keys to the cuff were under a fifth of the wine and that the pair could only be freed after the bottle was consumed.


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