Last defendant in Rider alcohol case sentenced

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - December 17, 2008 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.


Information from: The Times,

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