A Washington state prosecutor slapped 15 current and former frat boys with criminal charges related to the 2019 drinking death of a 19-year-old pledge.
Washington State University freshman Sam Martinez died Nov. 12, 2019 at the off-campus Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house after allegedly splitting a half-gallon of rum with another pledge as part of an initiation event.
Each of the accused is charged with supplying liquor to one or more pledges, a gross misdemeanor that comes with up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine, according to a press release from the Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office.
Martinez’s family members said they were “deeply disappointed” that none of the frat brothers faced hazing charges as the statute of limitations has passed.
The possible punishment didn’t fit the crime, they said in a statement posted to Twitter by Mark Hanrahan of local TV station KREM.
“That is insulting compared to the devastating consequences of their actions, which directly