First Defendant Convicted in Fatal Penn. Hazing Case

The defendant avoided three more serious hazing charges.

The first of 37 defendants pled guilty to charges related to the 2013 hazing death of a Baruch College student in Pennsylvania.

Former Baruch College student Chun “Michael” Deng, 19, died of head injuries during a hazing ritual known as “the glass ceiling” at a rented home in the Pocono Mountain region of Pennsylvania.

The death sparked an investigation that revealed a fraternity hazing ritual among members of the school’s Pi Delta Psi chapter.

On Tuesday, 25-year-old Ka-Wing Yuen pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to hinder apprehension by evidence tampering and conspiracy to commit hazing. The former charge is a third degree felony that could lead to prison time, according to reuters.com.

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During the ritual, fraternity member shoved and threw Deng as he walked blindfolded through a line of them with a 30 pound backpack on.

A total of 36 other members of the Asian-American fraternity are listed as defendants in the case, although only five of the remaining defendants face more serious third-degree murder charges.

The three other felony charges Yuen faced were dropped.

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