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All 7 defendants in Stone Foltz BGSU hazing death plead not guilty to all charges

The charges in the death of 20-year-old sophomore Stone Foltz range from first-degree felony manslaughter to reckless homicide and hazing.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Seven men appeared in Wood County Court Wednesday afternoon, all charged in the deadly hazing of Bowling Green State University sophomore Stone Foltz.

The seven are facing charges ranging from first-degree felony manslaughter to reckless homicide and hazing. Additional charges could still come as a result of the investigation, which is still ongoing.

The men charged in Foltz's death range from 19 to 23 years old. Their names are: 

  • Jacob Krinn, 20, of Delaware; pleaded not guilty to all charges.
  • Daylen Dunson, 21, of Cleveland; pleaded not guilty to all charges.
  • Troy Henricksen, 23, of Grove City; pleaded not guilty to all charges.
  • Canyon Caldwell, 21, of Dublin; pleaded not guilty to all charges.
  • Niall Sweeney, 21, of Erie, Pennsylvania; pleaded not guilty to all charges.
  • Jarrett Prizel, 19, of Olean, New York; pleaded not guilty to all charges.
  • Aaron Lehane, 21, of Loveland; pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Eight men were originally charged, but 21-year-old Benjamin Boyers' two misdemeanor charges were dropped.

RELATED: 8 young men face charges including felony manslaughter, reckless homicide in hazing death of Stone Foltz

Each of the seven were released on personal bond with their next court dates set for July:

  • Jacob Krinn, 20, of Delaware – July 23, 3 p.m.
  • Daylen Dunson, 20 of Cleveland – July 2, 11:30 a.m.
  • Troy Henricksen, 23, of Grove City – July 2, 3:30 p.m.
  • Canyon Caldwell, 21, of Dublin – July 30, 2 p.m.
  • Niall Sweeney, of Erie, Pennsylvania – July 30, 9 a.m.
  • Jarrett Prizel, 19, of Olean, New York – July 30, 10 a.m.
  • Aaron Lehane, 21, of Loveland – July 22, 9 a.m.

Conditions of bond were the same for all defendants:

  • No contact with any other defendants
  • No contact with victims or their family members
  • No social media use
  • No alcohol consumption

Defendants are also barred from BGSU's campus and must wear an alcohol monitoring device.

It was revealed Lehane and Sweeney live at the same address. The judge said they must make arrangements to live separately in accordance with bond terms.

In March, Stone Foltz, 20, was at a Pi Kappa Alpha, or PIKE, new member initiation, where new members, known as "littles" and who were almost all under age, received "bigs" or mentors, who allegedly gave their littles high alcohol content liquor and instructed them to drink the whole bottle.

Foltz allegedly drank all or nearly all of the bottle given to him before he was dropped off at his apartment. Foltz was found by his roommate and other friends, who call 911.

The roommate performed CPR until EMS arrived. Foltz was taken to the Wood County Hospital and later to Toledo Hospital, where he died on March 7. 

The coroner said Foltz died of fatal ethanol intoxication. His blood alcohol content, or BAC, was 0.394, according to the family, who said it was likely even higher immediately after the alleged hazing ritual.

In Ohio, 0.08 is the threshold to term someone as legally drunk.

RELATED: Coroner: Stone Foltz died of 'fatal ethanol intoxication' during hazing incident in a BGSU 'fraternity induction ritual'

21 students were ultimately charged with BGSU conduct code violations, and the university permanently banned the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity from campus.

In May, the family of Stone Foltz filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, the Delta Beta chapter of the fraternity at BGSU and 20 individuals.

RELATED: Stone Foltz family sues Pi Kappa Alpha, 20 individuals, after BGSU student's hazing death

The Foltz family is hoping for more than just criminal justice; they hope Collin's Law - named after an Ohio University freshman who died after collapsing on the floor at an off-campus fraternity house in 2018 - will be revisited and passed.

The legislation targets hazing at colleges and universities.

Collin's Law didn't pass in the Senate last year, but some changes have been made to the bill since then. If the new bill passes, hazing will be a felony. Currently, hazing is a misdemeanor in Ohio.

RELATED: State lawmakers introduce new anti-hazing bill following death of BGSU sophomore Stone Foltz

In a few hours 7 young men will face the judge for the Hazing death of Stone Foltz

Posted by WTOL 11 on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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