Sam Martinez died of alcohol poisoning after taking part in a frat occasion.
Fifteen males who belonged to a Washington State College fraternity had been charged Wednesday in reference to the alcohol-poisoning dying of a 19-year-old pledge two years in the past, officers mentioned.
Whitman County prosecutors charged the previous members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity with furnishing liquor to a number of minors, a gross misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of as much as a 12 months and a $5,000 high quality.
The Whitman County Prosecuting Lawyer’s Workplace didn’t determine the lads, who might be summoned to seem within the Whitman County District Court docket at an unspecified date.
The costs are associated to the investigation of the dying of Sam Martinez, a pledge on the fraternity who died of alcohol poisoning in November 2019 after taking part in an “occasion that was a part of an initiation course of on the fraternity,” the Whitman County Prosecuting Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned in a press release.
Pullman police turned the case over to prosecutors in February after an “intensive” investigation, the workplace mentioned.
Martinez was discovered useless on the Alpha Tau Omega home in Pullman, Washington, on Nov. 12, 2019. The freshman died at about 4:30 a.m., in keeping with the Whitman County coroner. Police mentioned classmates known as 911 4 hours later, at round 8:30 a.m., saying Martinez was “unconscious and never respiration.”
The Whitman County coroner decided that Martinez died from acute alcohol poisoning and his reason for dying was unintended, in keeping with Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO.
His blood-alcohol content material was measured at 0.372 after his dying, in keeping with his household.
In a press release, Martinez’s household alleged that the freshman was “hazed to dying” throughout an initiation ritual.
“Whereas the costs could result in some degree of accountability, this isn’t justice. It doesn’t carry us closure,” mentioned the household, who known as the gross misdemeanor costs “insulting in comparison with the devastating penalties of their actions.”
The household additionally mentioned they had been “deeply upset” that nobody will face a cost of hazing after the one-year statute of limitations for the misdemeanor had run out.
The fraternity home has been closed since Martinez’s dying after the college positioned it on an interim loss-of-recognition standing, in keeping with KOMO.
ABC Information’ Marilyn Heck and Rayquan Taylor contributed to this report.