STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Four fraternity brothers, charged with the hazing death of a fellow college student in the Poconos, have entered guilty pleas.
The case revolves around the December 2013 death of Chun “Michael” Deng in Monroe County.
Police say Deng died a brutal death.
In a sweeping grand jury presentment, prosecutors in Monroe County have charged a total of 37 people.
Four of the suspects determined to be most responsible entered guilty pleas Monday afternoon in Stroudsburg.
One after another, the four fraternity brothers entered the Monroe County Courthouse, each pleading guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter and hindering apprehension.
“It’s a long time coming. We’ve had this case now for almost three full years,” Kim Metzger, Assistant District Attorney said.
In December 2013, prosecutors say Deng was made to wear a backpack filled with 30-pounds of sand in the backyard of a home near Long Pond.
He was repeatedly tackled by fraternity brothers with Pi Delta Psi from Baruch College in New York City in a hazing ritual called the “glass ceiling.”
“It was a ritual, very physically demanding ritual, where Deng was blind-folded and subjected to multiple impacts against his body that ultimately resulted in blunt force trauma and death,” Metzger said.
Investigators say Kenny Kwan was the last of about a dozen brothers to tackle the victim. He may have had a 15 foot running start.
Proseuctors say Charles Lai was the victim’s fraternity “big brother” and was supposed to look out for Deng.
As for Sheldon Wong, he was the pledge educator who was responsible for the entire hazing ritual.
After Chun “Michael” Deng was shoved, he hit his head and investigators believe no one called 911 or took him for help for roughly two hours, a sad reality for prosecutors.
“It really makes you want to take a pause and think about where we’re going,” Metzger said.
All four suspects face a maximum of 27 years in prison based on their Monday guilty pleas. The guideline range for the crime is roughly two to three years in prison.
Each suspect is scheduled to be sentenced in December.