5 Plead Guilty in Florida State Hazing Death

Up to 60 days in jail for fraternity brothers

FILE – This Nov. 7, 2017 file photo shows the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house near Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. The parents of a Florida State University fraternity pledge who died of alcohol poisoning after a party have filed a civil suit against those who have a connection in their son’s death. Thomas and Sandra Coffey are suing Pi Kappa Phi’s national chapter and several others, including the nine fraternity members who were charged with criminal hazing after Andrew Coffey’s death Nov. 3. (AP Photo/Joseph Reedy, file)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Five men have accepted a plea deal and will serve jail time for the hazing death of a Florida State University student.

The men originally faced up to five years in prison for a felony hazing charge before agreeing to plead guilty to a misdemeanor hazing charge.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports four of the men will serve 60-day jail sentences and a fifth will serve 30 days after cooperating with the investigation.

The men were in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, where 20-year-old Andrew Coffey died of alcohol poisoning in November.

The death led to the university temporarily banning alcohol and social functions at fraternities and sororities.

Four other men remain charged and are scheduled to go to trial in June.

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