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Cornell fraternity guilty of hazing-related death

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The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Cornell University was found guilty last week of first-degree hazing and providing alcohol to an underage person after a pledge died during a hazing ritual.

The 19 year-old pledge was kidnapped by fraternity members, his legs and arms bound, and forced to drink until he passed out. He was found unconscious, still bound, hours later with a blood alcohol level of 0.356 percent. He would never regain consciousness.

His family will receive, at the most, $12,000 from the conviction. Since Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a corporation, it can only be fined. Reuters reports that the family has filed a $25 million civil lawsuit for wrongful death.