2 sen­tenced in drink­ing death

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

Two men ac­cused of in­volve­ment in the haz­ing death of Car­son Starkey of Austin more than a year ago pleaded no con­test to mis­de­meanor haz­ing Thurs­day in Cal­i­for­nia, a spokes­woman for the San Luis Obispo County district at­tor­ney’s of­fice said.

Adam Marszal and Rus­sell Tay­lor, both 23, were sen­tenced to 30 days in jail and three years of pro­ba­tion, the spokes­woman said.

The plea agree­ment also in­cluded resti­tu­tion and a waiver of their right to ap­peal.

Starkey, 18, an Austin High grad­u­ate and fresh­man at Cal­i­for­nia Polytech­nic State Uni­ver­sity, died from al­co­hol poi­son­ing in De­cem­ber 2008 af­ter an al­co­hol-in­volved haz­ing event while pledg­ing Sigma Al­pha Ep­silon.

In a state­ment, Starkey’s fa­ther, Scott, said: “Pres­sur­ing some­one through psy­cho­log­i­cal, emo­tional or phys­i­cal means is wrong. When this hap­pens with chil­dren, we call it bul­ly­ing, in young adults it is known as haz­ing, and in adults the term is abuse.”

Marszal and Tay­lor ad­dressed Starkey’s par­ents in court and apol­o­gized for

their ac­tions.

Rus­sell Tay­lor

Adam Marszal

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