8 Men Arrested In Hazing Death Of Stone Foltz At Bowling Green State University
Eight people have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of Stone Foltz, a student at Bowling Green State University who died after a fraternity hazing incident.
A grand jury indictment last week charged Jacob Krinn, Daylen Dunson, Canyon Caldwell, Troy Henricksen, Niall Sweeney, Jarrett Prizel, Aaron Lehane and Benjamin Boyers in connection with Foltz’s death. All of the men are students at Bowling Green State University except Lehane.
Six men were charged with manslaughter and two men with hazing, among other charges, after Foltz died from alcohol poisoning following an alleged Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity event on March 4, according to the Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson.
After the hazing event, Foltz’s roommates found him unresponsive at their apartment. They called 911 and he was taken to the hospital. Foltz’s blood alcohol level was .35, more than four times the legal limit, Dobson said. He died three days later.
“We believe and allege that hazing was an integral part of this event,” Dobson said.
Foltz was required to attend the party at an off campus house. He and other new fraternity members were forced to consume 750 ml. of liquor that night.
As part of the initiation process, all new members were paired with a “big brother.” Krinn was assigned to be Foltz’s “big brother.”
“It is alleged that Stone Foltz consumed all or nearly all of the contents of his bottle and then was taken home by several members, including his big brother Jacob Krinn,” Dobson said. “He was left there alone.”
Dobson alleged that other fraternity members intentionally misled investigators and disposed of evidence to protect themselves and the chapter.
Krinn faces first-degree manslaughter, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison, and a charge of reckless homicide. He is also facing a third-degree manslaughter charge and a hazing charge, along with Dunson, Caldwell, Henricksen, Sweeney and Prizel.
Lehane was charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing official business. All of the men were charged with misdemeanor offenses of hazing and failing to comply with underage alcohol laws. Boyers was only charged with misdemeanor offenses of hazing and failing to comply with underage alcohol laws and is expected to have those charges dismissed, according to a statement from Dobson’s office announcing the indictment.
“The fraternity supports a full investigation and holding those accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Pi Kappa Alpha said in a statement.
All the defendants were issued summons for court on May 19.
“We are living every parent’s worst nightmare and will not be at peace until fraternity hazing is seen for what it truly is — abuse,” Foltz’s parents said in a statement. “It’s unacceptable, and in Stone’s case, it was fatal. How many injuries and deaths will it take for people in positions of power to do the right thing?”
Pi Kappa Alpha’s chapter was expelled from Bowling Green State University earlier this month, and the university said in a statement that it would never be recognized on campus again.
“The university’s investigation found the fraternity to be reckless with a disregard for the health and safety of our community,” the statement said. “The investigation also revealed a deep culture of deception rooted in the organization, filled with dishonesty and disrespect for our community.”