Cornell fraternity sentenced for hazing death
To view our videos, you need to
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.
Then come back here and refresh the page.
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A former Cornell University fraternity convicted of hazing that resulted in the death of a student is sentenced as a corporate defendant.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon is forced to pay the maximum of $12,000 in fines for unlawfully dealing with a child, hazing, and criminal nuisance. The fraternity was convicted on those charges for the February 2011 death of George Desdunes, 19.
He was found unconscious on a couch in the fraternity's library. Desdunes was taken to Cayuga Medical Center and pronounced dead. His blood alcohol content was .35 percent.
Desdunes’ mother spoke at sentencing Wednesday, asking the judge to impose the maximum sentence to send a message that hazing will not be tolerated.