Sentencing delayed for LSU student convicted in hazing death

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A sentencing hearing has been postponed for a former Louisiana State University student convicted in the hazing death a Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge.

The Advocate reports 21-year-old Matthew Naquin was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for negligent homicide in the 2017 death of 18-year-old Max Gruver of Roswell, Georgia. A continuance was granted because one of Naquin’s relatives was hospitalized with a serious illness.

Naquin’s new sentencing date is Nov. 20. He faces up to five years in prison.

It took a jury less than an hour to convict the Texas native in July. Gruver died of alcohol poisoning after a hazing ritual. Several pledges testified Naquin appeared to target Gruver that night.

Two other members pleaded no-contest to misdemeanor hazing. They were released from jail in August.

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