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Fraternity Banned From Pa., Brothers Leave Court in Cuffs

STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A deadly fraternity hazing case in the Poconos is officially closed.

Pi Delta Psi, the national fraternity itself, was sentenced Monday. Four brothers who plead guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter also learned their fate.

Pi Delta Psi Inc. will spent 10 years on probation, plus pay more than $100,000 in fines. The punishment comes four years after 18-year-old Chun 'Michael' Deng died during a pledge ritual in Tunkhannock Township.

"It truly is a miracle that no pledge has been killed before this. Unfortunately, it was a matter of time," says Kim Metzgar, the Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted this case.

For the next ten years, the national fraternity is banned from operating in Pennsylvania. Its chapter at Penn State must immediately shut down.  

"The Commonwealth is thrilled with this sentence," Metzger adds.

Pi Delta Psi's defense attorney, on the other hand, says hefty fines impose 'the death penalty' on the organization. "It eliminates your ability to continue to raise money. How do you raise money, obviously dues?" questions Wes Niemoczynski.

Prosecutors say Kenny Kwan was the last person to tackle Deng during a hazing practice nicknamed "the glass ceiling". He will spend 12 to 24 months behind bars.

Charles Li also tackled the victim, and was supposed to be his "big brother". He was sentenced to time already served.

Raymond Lam plowed into Deng, too. He was sentenced to 10 to 24 months in jail.

Sheldon Wong was pledge educator at the time and lead Deng outside for the deadly ritual. He was also sentenced to 10 to 24 months.

Metzger adds, "there will be some mechanism to make sure going forward no college student has to die a tragic and unnecessary way."

Kwan, Lam, and Wong were lead out of court in handcuffs to begin serving their sentences at the Monroe County Correctional Facility.

All four brothers will also spend 7 years on probation.

Sentencing day took place 49 months to the day when Deng was injured. His family was not in court, but they did prepare a statement which prosecutors read on their behalf.

Deng's mother writes there are days she still cannot believe her only son is dead. She compares the feeling to 'a cat scratching at her heart'.

The judge says in her 19 years serving on the bench, this is the most troubling case to her.


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