Hazing News

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

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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