4 OSU frat members plead no contest to hazing charge

By The Associated Press Modified: April 11, 2008 at 10:48 am •  Published: April 11, 2008
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STILLWATER, Okla. -- Four Oklahoma State fraternity members accused of beating a pledge last year have pleaded no contest in to a misdemeanor hazing charge as part of a plea deal.

Alpha Phi Alpha members Jason Taylor; Joshua Goree; Mitchel McCowan; and Michael Combs were accused of beating the pledge with paddles and other items.

The four were sentenced Thursday in Payne County District Court to write 1,250-word papers on hazing, pay a total of $3,755 in restitution and perform community service work.

Co-defendant Lyall Storandt pleaded no contest to the charge in November and was given a similar sentence.

The sixth co-defendant — Cory Cox — is scheduled for trial in June.

OSU banned the fraternity after the incident.

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