Final plea in Rider alcohol death

October 17, 2008 6:34:42 AM PDT
The last remaining defendant in the case surrounding the alcohol poisoning death of a Rider University freshman has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Michael Torney of Randolph pleaded guilty to the disorderly persons offense of hazing. The charge does not come with jail time.

The 22-year-old Phi Kappa Tau president was charged even though he was not in the room at a party where Gary DeVercelly Jr. drank two-thirds of a bottle of Vodka.

Two university administrators were also indicted in the case - but those charges were later dropped.

Earlier this year, Torney agreed to pay $150,000 as part of a legal settlement with DeVercelly's family.

Information from: The Times, http://www.nj.com/times

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