STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A tragic case four years in the making is finally wrapping up in Monroe County. In court Wednesday, most of the remaining fraternity brothers charged in a hazing death have accepted responsibility.
Thirty-seven brothers plus the Pi Delta Psi Fraternity itself were charged in this case. After Wednesday, just two cases are pending.
So far, the fraternity’s national president at the time, Andy Meng, received the most serious sentence. He will spend three years on probation. Meng admits he tried to hide evidence from police, after the death of pledge member Chun “Michael” Deng in 2013.
The other brothers either plead Guilty or No Contest to misdemeanor charges ranging from Hazing to Simple Assault and Hindering Apprehension. They were immediately sentenced to probation for periods of 12 or 18 months.
Five of those brothers are eligible for ARD, meaning the charges could eventually be wiped from their record.
“Michael Deng should not have died. He should not have been subjected to what he was subjected to by the fraternity and those individuals that were there should have helped him. He should be here today,” says Kimberly Metzger, Monroe County Assistant District Attorney.
The judge had strong words for the brothers, telling them, “by all accounts you are fine young men who were incredibly stupid. I’m just telling you this as a human being, a judge, and a mother. I just hope everyone here has learned a lesson about personal responsibility and doing the right thing.”
The four brothers who plead guilty to Voluntary Manslughter will be sentenced next week.
The Pi Delta Psi Fraternity itself will be sentenced in January, after a jury found it Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter, Hazing, and other charges.