(CBS) – Twenty-two former fraternity members avoided jail time Friday in connection with the hazing- and alcohol-related death of a Northern Illinois University student in 2012.
CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports on the emotional comments made by the father of victim David Bogenberger.
Because of the number of defendants involved in the sentencing in DeKalb County, the hearing took about an hour.
“I sincerely hope all of you defendants come to realize the emotional devastation that you left in the wake of your actions ,” the victim’s father, an emotional Gary Bogenberger, said.
His son, who was 19 when he died, was an NIU student pledging Pi Kappa Alpha. Police say while at the fraternity’s initiation, David Bogenberger answered a series of questions in exchange for alcohol over a two-hour period.
A judge sentenced each defendant to forms of probation, fines and dozens of hours of community service. Five had once faced felony charges, and agreed to accept punishments for misdemeanor pleas.
All sentenced on Friday can appeal within 30 days.