BATON ROUGE, La. – Two young men have pleaded no contest to felony hazing in the drinking death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge whose blood alcohol level was more than six times the legal limit for driving.
The resources of no contest Thursday means that the 22-year-old Sean-Paul Gott and the 19-year-old Ryan Matthew Isto admit to the charge without admitting guilt.
Freshman Maxwell Gruver, of Roswell, Georgia, died in September 2017, after a night of drinking at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house. A coroner said the cause was acute alcohol intoxication, aspiration: He had inhaled vomit and other fluids in his lungs.
Twenty-year-old Matthew Alexander Naquin is charged with negligent homicide in Gruver death.
The Lawyer reports that the plea of the two former LSU students may not be used against them in civil proceedings.