2 sentenced in drinking death
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