Four men pleaded guilty Monday for the 2013 fraternity hazing death of a New York college student.
According to CNN, Baruch College freshman Chun "Michael" Deng, 18, died from injuries after a fraternity ritual. His fraternity brothers waited to contact authorities when Deng was unconscious while on a trip to the Poconos, according to court documents.
Deng and other pledges were were blindfolded and ordered to carry a backpack filled with sand across a snow-covered field all while being tackled, according to NBC News. Deng was subjected to repeated blunt force trauma to his head, torso and thighs. The teen blacked out from a head injury, and the frat members delayed taking him to the hospital. They instead called the fraternity's national president, Andy Meng, who allegedly told them them to hide Pi Delta Psi regalia. According to NBC News, a medical examiner said the delayed medical help "significantly contributed" to Deng's death.
Kenny Kwan, 28, Charles Lai, 26, Raymond Lam, 23, and Sheldon Wong, 24, pleaded guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter as accomplices. They also pleaded guilty for hindering apprehension for concealing evidence, according to the Monroe County District Attorney's Office. Originally, the four were charged with murder.
"Sheldon accepted responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he made. Above all Michael Deng was a friend and Sheldon remains deeply saddened by his unintended death," Wong’s attorney told CNN.
An additional 30 other fraternity members are awaiting court proceedings in connection with the death. The fraternity, Pi Delta Psi, has also charged with murder, and is scheduled to begin trial this November, according to the report.
The guilty pleas come on the heels of a very similar case: the death of a 19-year-old Penn State student, who died during a hazing ritual which has resulted in one of the largest criminal indictments against a fraternity and its members in history just last week. 18 fraternity members of a fraternity, including eight charged with involuntary manslaughter, are facing nearly 1,000 counts.
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