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Five young men have accepted a plea deal and will serve jail time for the hazing death of a Florida State University student from South Florida.

The men originally faced up to five years in prison for a felony hazing charge before agreeing to plead guilty to a misdemeanor hazing charge.

Four of the men — Kyle Bauer, Brett Birmingham, Christopher Hamlin and John Ray — will serve 60-day jail sentences and a fifth, Conner Ravelo, will serve 30 days after cooperating with the investigation, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

The men were in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, where 20-year-old Andrew Coffey died of alcohol poisoning in November.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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