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Missouri frat brothers charged in hazing of Daniel Santulli

Two former University of Missouri frat leaders have been charged with leaving a pupil brain broken in what his household lawyer referred to as “the worst fraternity hazing injury ever in the United States.”

Former Phi Gamma Delta fraternity members Ryan Delanty and Thomas Shultz had been indicted by a Boone County grand jury on Friday on a slew of fees, together with felony hazing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said.

The fees stem from the caught-on-camera hazing of Daniel Santulli, 19, who was force-fed beer and made to drink a liter of vodka, leaving him blind and unable to stroll or discuss.

He needed to be revived in a hospital after his coronary heart stopped when he was left with a blood alcohol content material of 0.486, six occasions the authorized restrict.

The harm was “as horrible as it could possibly be and (have him) still be alive,” stated David Bianchi, a lawyer who specializes in hazings and is representing Santulli’s household.

“It’s the worst fraternity hazing injury ever in the United States,” he stated, saying he has “been doing these cases for 30 years.”

Daniel Santulli.
Daniel Santulli was force-fed beer and made to drink a liter of vodka by his fraternity brothers.
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“I know the defense lawyers who defend the fraternities. And everyone agrees this is the worst ever,” he insisted to the Post-Dispatch.

Bianchi filed civil lawsuits towards 23 fraternity members, all however two of whom have settled out of court docket, he stated.

“There are probably another dozen or more fraternity members who were responsible for this hazing event,” he stated of the likelihood of extra fees.

Surveillance footage shows brutal hazing of University of Missouri student Danny Santulli before he passed out.
A funnel full of alcohol being poured into Daniel Santulli’s mouth as an act of hazing.

Surveillance footage shows brutal hazing of University of Missouri student Danny Santulli before he passed out.
Daniel Santulli had a blood alcohol content material of 0.486, six occasions the authorized restrict.

Surveillance footage shows brutal hazing of University of Missouri student Danny Santulli before he passed out.
Daniel Santulli needed to be revived in a hospital after his coronary heart stopped.

Shultz, 21, is accused of being the fraternity vice chairman who picked up a liter of Tito’s vodka in October for the hazing, regardless of the Phi Gamma Delta’s supposed “no alcohol” coverage, the Post-Dispatch stated.

He allegedly handed the family-sized bottle to Delanty, who was Santulli’s “pledge dad” who advised him he needed to drink it, the report stated.

Another member, Alec Wetzler, additionally poured beer into Santulli’s mouth with a funnel and tube, the go well with says. Wetzler was charged earlier in June with misdemeanor counts of supplying alcohol to a minor and possession of alcohol by a minor.

Protestors, opposing fraternity hazing, sexual assault and demanding accountability, chant outside the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Protestors, opposing fraternity hazing, sexual assault and demanding accountability, chant outdoors the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
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Santulli had already been having sleepless nights and had been left needing stitches and crutches after being ordered to climb inside a trash can with damaged glass inside, his household’s lawyer stated.

Two nights earlier than the hazing, he broke down crying to his sister in regards to the stress — and his mother and father tried to get him to give up the pledge, the household’s lawsuit stated.

“Danny, however, was not a quitter,” the go well with stated, saying he “did not want to be humiliated and ridiculed.”

Danny Santulli.
The hazing stunt left Daniel Santulli blind and unable to stroll or discuss.
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Danny Santulli with his sister.
Danny Santulli along with his sister.
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That chapter of Phi Gamma Delta has since been faraway from campus and the college stated in May that 13 college students had been disciplined, however didn’t specify how, the native paper famous.

Shultz and Delanty, who seems to be about 20, had bond set at $50,000 every, the native paper stated.

Other fees embody misdemeanors of supplying liquor to a minor or intoxicated particular person, whereas Shultz additionally faces a further felony cost of tampering with bodily proof, the paper stated.

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