Cornell Frat Sentenced For Hazing Death

By Cristina Frank

Cornell Frat Sentenced For Hazing Death

October 25, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A former Cornell University Fraternity must pay more than $10,000 for the hazing death of a pledge in 2011.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon is sentenced to pay $12,000 in total for three convictions including unlawfully dealing with a child conviction, criminal nuisance and hazing. It's the maximum on all convictions.

It's in relation to the February 2011 alcohol-related death of 19-year-old George Desdunes. A custodian found the pledge dead on a couch in the frat house. His blood alcohol level was point-35.

Prosecutors argued Desdunes' death was a result of a mock kidnapping.

Desdunes' mother spoke at Wednesday's sentencing - asking the judge to impose the maximum fine to send a message that hazing will not be tolerated.

Representatives of SAE did not appear at the sentencing.