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Plea deals made in Cal State Bakersfield hazings

Posted: September 4, 2012 9:00 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2012 9:00 p.m.
 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Three men who were accused of hazing fraternity pledges at Cal State Bakersfield last year have pleaded no contest, but their convictions will be dismissed unless they get in trouble again.

The Bakersfield Californian reports (http://bit.ly/RiIFdD) that two of the defendants, Ryan Nichols and Philemon Lamont Norris, entered the pleas Tuesday to one count of misdemeanor hazing for their roles in the initiation ritual carried out by members of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Police said that four pledges were beaten with paddles, canes and whips, shot with a BB gun and doused with flour and chocolate over several weeks.

One, Brent McClanahan Jr., was hospitalized with herniated and ruptured spinal discs that required surgery.

Kappa Psi's former pledge master, Deandre Horn, also has pleaded no contest to simple battery and was sentenced to three years' probation.

 

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