Fraternity members sentenced in hazing death

July 8, 2010

Carson Starkey

Two more Cal Poly fraternity members have been sentenced to jail for their part in the fatal hazing death of 18-year-old pledge Carson Starkey. [KSBY]

Starkey died in December 2008 after drinking too much alcohol as part of hazing ritual by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The pledge had a blood-alcohol level between 0.39 percent and 0.44 percent.

Adam Marszal, 23, and Russell Taylor, 23, were sentenced to 30 days in jail, 3 years probation, 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay an undetermined amount of restitution. Both Marszal and Taylor plead guilty to misdemeanor hazing on Thursday.

Zacary Ellis, 23, and Haithem Ibrahim, 21, also members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing in June. Ellis must serve 120 days in county jail, and Ibrahim will serve 45 days. Both were placed on three years of probation.

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What an unfortunate and avoidable loss of a young life. While the criminal component of this event draws to a close, I suspect that the family has yet to attain closure. My heart bleeds for the parents who are left to grieve and cope with such a senseless tragedy. May God bless them.