Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dodson speaks Throughout Thursday’s press conference.
Eight young men were indicted Thursday in relation to the death of Bowling Green State University sophomore Stone Foltz. Authorities say Foltz died of alcohol poisoning –“fatal ethanol intoxication” — during a off-campus fraternity initiation event last month.
“I have often said that this office prosecutes things we would never want to have occur to ourselves — not more so than in this scenario,” Paul Dodson, the prosecuting attorney from Wood County, Ohio, remarked during a Thursday afternoon press conference.
According to Dodson, the function which resulted in Foltz’s death was a”brand new member initiation process” for Pi Kappa Alpha’s Bowling Green chapter where the new members, also called”little brothers,” were introduced to mentors called”big brothers” Prosecutors say that the new members, virtually all of whom were under 21, were given a 750 ml bottle of”high alcohol content ” and told to complete it by the end of the evening.
“The remaining portion of the event surrounded the viewing of the littles try to accomplish this,” Dodson said. “It’s alleged that Stone Foltz swallowed or almost all of the contents of his bottle then had been taken home by a lot of other members, including his’big brother,’ 20-year-old Jacob Krinn.”
Prosecutors allege that Krinn, of Delaware, Ohio, along with others left Foltz in his apartment, where his roommate and friends found him and called 911. When emergency medical aid arrived, Stoltz’s roommate was in the process of doing CPR, prosecutors say.
Authorities say an emergency car took Stoltz to Wood County Hospital. He was later transferred to Toledo Hospital, where he expired on March 7.
Rex Elliot, a lawyer for your Foltz household, told Toledo ABC affilaite WTVG last month that Stone Foltz had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.394 — almost five times the legal limit — at the night that he had been attracted to Wood County Hospital. Elliot also told the socket that he thought Foltz’s BAC could have been much higher had it been measured earlier in the day.
Krinn is facing the most intense charges, including first-degree involuntary manslaughter, third-degree felony involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, felonious assault, hazing, failure to abide by underage alcohol laws, along with obstructing official business.
Under Ohio law, the elements of involuntary manslaughter include demonstrating that a suspect unintentionally caused the death of another individual in the commission or attempted commission of a felony. It’s punishable by a maximum of 11 years .
Here’s a breakdown of those additional fees associated with Foltz’s departure:
Troy Henricksen, 23, of Grove City, Ohio, was charged with Third Degree Felony Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Homicide, Tampering with Evidence, Hazing, Failure to Comply with Underage Alcohol Legislation.
Canyon Caldwell, 21, of Dublin, Ohio, was charged with Third Degree Felony Involuntary Manslaughter, Tampering with Evidence, Hazing, Failure to Comply with Underage Alcohol Legislation, Obstructing Official Business.
Niall Sweeney, 21, of Erie, Pa., was charged with Third Degree Felony Involuntary Manslaughter, Hazing, Failure to Comply with Underage Alcohol Legislation, Obstructing Official Business.
Jared Prizel, 19, of Olean, N.Y., was charged with Third Degree Felony Involuntary Manslaughter, Hazing, Failure to Comply with Underage Alcohol Legislation.
Aaron Lehane, 21, of Loveland, Ohio, was charged with Tampering with Evidence, Hazing, Failure to Comply with Underage Alcohol Legislation, Obstructing Official Business.
Benjamin Boyers,21, of Sylvania, Ohio, was charged with Hazing and Failure to Comply with Underage Alcohol Legislation.
The Foltz family commended prosecutors for Thursday’s indictments.
“We’re grateful for all of the hard work performed by law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office, and we are confident they will make certain justice is served. But today is simply one step in the perfect direction. Swift action also needs to be taken by government officials and university presidents nationally to abolish fraternity hazing,” the family said in a statement issued through lawyers. “We’re living every parent’s worst nightmare and also won’t be at peace until fraternity hazing is seen for what it really is — misuse. It’s unacceptable, and also in Stone’s case, it had been fatal. How many injuries and deaths will it take for folks in places of power to do the perfect thing? We need zero tolerance. Anything less will result in other innocent lives and parents like us begging for change”
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