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One of five Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brothers at the University of South Alabama embroiled in a hazing incident that injured one of their pledges was in Mobile County Circuit Court on Thursday, where he threw in the towel.

In legal terms, Derrick Greaves, 21, charged with hazing, “stipulated” in court that prosecutors could likely prove the accusations against him surrounding the fall 2005 incident.

In exchange for that stipulation, and with prosecutors and the victim in agreement, Circuit Judge Rick Stout placed Greaves on six months of unsupervised probation and ordered that he pay restitution to the victim.

If Greaves avoids getting into any trouble for six months, Stout said, the case against him will be dropped.

A fellow fraternity brother, Antwuan Lervoi Calhoun, 24, was originally charged with second-degree assault but recently pleaded guilty to third-degree assault instead — again with prosecutors and the victim in agreement.

Stout gave Calhoun a year’s suspended sentence with two years of probation, plus restitution and court costs, Mobile County Assistant District Attorney John Furman said.

The total amount of restitution to the victim, Furman said, will be about $1,000, to cover medical expenses.

A third fraternity member, Bryant Bradley, 25, recently received the same offer as Greaves — he stipulated to the state’s case in exchange for six months of good behavior.

Although only Bradley, Greaves and Calhoun were originally identified in news reports, Furman said Thursday that two others were indicted in the case.

Furman said Jamion Burney and Ricky Patrick were expected to appear in court in the next several weeks and, like Calhoun, will be offered arrangements in which each would plead guilty to third-degree assault and receive suspended sentences, plus be made to pay restitution.

All five were indicted at the same time in August 2006, Furman said, but Burney and Patrick — like Calhoun, charged with second-degree assault — were living and working out of state “and it took longer to get them served.”

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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