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Another “no guilty” verdict rendered by the courts

This time it is SUNY Albany

Joseph Angilletta, now 22, was charged in the death of Trevor Duffy.

Duffy, 19, was pledging an underground chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. On the night of Nov. 15, 2014, he drank a 60-ounce bottle of Belvedere vodka. He was found unconscious and ashen in a bathroom at the clandestine fraternity’s house at 461 Hamilton St. in Pine Hills. He died Nov. 17 at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

In a statement Angilletta’s attorney, Paul DerOhannesian II, said the evidence showed his client did not bear responsibility for what happened that night.

Angilletta offered his sympathies to Duffy’s family. “I feel tremendous sadness over the loss of a friend,” he said.

The other six men charged in the case were Austin Bacchus, Jonathan Maldonado, Steven Vila, Keith Rosengarten, Olaf Jablonski and Yuval Sucov.

Maldonado’s case is still pending, according to Albany City Court records. Bacchus pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child on June 15, 2017. He was sentenced to one year of interim probation.

The other four men all pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hazing and were sentenced to one year of interim probation, according to court records.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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