By Arrin Newton Brunson
Salt Lake Tribune
LOGAN, Utah — A judge sentenced 20-year-old Utah State University student Christopher Ammon to 14 days in jail and 200 hours of community service for his role in November’s drinking death involving a Sigma Nu pledge.
First District Judge Thomas Willmore also ordered Ammon to pay a $500 fine. Ammon pleaded no contest earlier this year after a misdemeanor hazing charge was changed to unlawful sale or supply of alcohol to a minor, also a class B misdemeanor.
Ammon was a Sigma Nu member who took 18-year-old freshman Michael Starks to a sorority for an abduction prank, but left before the alleged hazing occurred. Starks was pledging last fall to the now-defunct Sigma Nu chapter.
According to court papers, as a reward for being the group’s top pledge, fraternity members chose Starks to take part in the capture ritual involving Chi Omega, a neighboring sorority.
While in the company of several sorority members Nov. 20 at an off-campus home, Starks consumed a lethal amount of vodka. Full story.
Filed under: Hazing, Lawsuits/Criminal Charges, School Violence, Suicide/Death | Tagged: Chi Omega, Christopher Ammon, Dean Zabriskie, Hazing, Michael Starks, Sigma Nu, Thomas Willmore, Utah, Utah State University |