Last defendant in Rider alcohol case sentenced

December 17, 2008 4:12:30 AM PST
The last defendant in the alcohol poisoning death of a Rider University fraternity pledge will not go to prison. A judge sentenced Michael Torney to three years probation.

The 22-year-old Randolph resident pleaded guilty to the disorderly persons charge of hazing in October.

The 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. The 18-year-old was from Long Beach, Calif.

Torney is expected to appear as a witness for a lawsuit filed by the freshman's parents.

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

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

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