>> Four former fraternity brothers sentenced to prison late Monday for their role in the 2013 hazing death of 19 year old college freshman Michael Deng. Reuters correspondent David Dekok was in courtroom.>> This was the culmination of a four year criminal investigation and it was very emotional. Each of the four young men gave statements apologizing to the Deng family.
One of the defendants was practically sobbing. The mother of one of them, she pleaded with the judge for mercy for her son. She was in tears. So it was just a very, very emotional time. The Pi Delta Psi frat members pleaded guilty to charges including voluntary manslaughter and hindering apprehension.
Their sentences range from time served to up to two years in prison.>> They had a hazing ceremony called the glass ceiling, in which the pledges had to put on 30 lb packs and be blindfolded and then run a gauntlet. This was held at a rented house in the Poconos, even though the fraternity itself was from Beirut College in Manhattan.
And the boy who died was spear tackled by one of the defendants, and then he was slammed to the ground by another one, and he suffered serious head injuries and died. The members of the fraternity tried to make it look its was just an accident. Three of the defendants went directly to jail from the hearing.
The fourth served almost a year in jail so he was given credit for that and the judge said okay, you're paroled now and you can go home.>> Earlier on Monday, the Pennsylvania court fined the Asian American and Cultural Fraternity and banned its two chapters from operating in the state for ten years, marking what prosecutors and defense lawyers call the first time a US fraternity was criminally convicted in a pledge hazing death.