Three members of the Geneseo, New York off-campus club known as the Pigs, have been charged with hazing and criminally negligent homicide and tampering with evidence in the alcohol poisoning death of 19 year old Arman Partamian on March 1, 2009.
Students Alex Stucki, 20, Daniel Wech, 21, and Devin McClain, 21, encouraged Partamian to drink to such excess that he died, according to Livingston County prosecutor Thomas Moran. Stucki was also charged with tampering for removing Partamian’s fraternity pledge shirt before calling police to report his death.
The trio pleaded not guilty at an arraignment earlier today, after being indicted by a grand jury. The criminally negligent homicide charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to 4 years, and the tampering charge also carries a sentence of up to 4 years.
The Pigs has been known primarily for drinking and partying and has a long history of alcohol-related problems. The landlord has now shut down the Pigs house.
Partamian, a sophomore biology major from Queens, who attended the State University of New York at Geneseo, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.55, nearly seven times the legal limit for driving. His body was discovered lying face down on a mattress at the illegal drinking club.
The Pigs fraternity was banned from campus in 1996 after two students were hospitalized following heavy binge drinking. College president Christopher Dahl vowed to “eliminate any organization that has lost its affiliation with the college and whose existence threatens the well-being of our students.”
See mugshot booking photos of Stucki, Wech and McClain and video tribute below.