Mathew Naquin, 21, a former LSU student was found guilty on Wednesday of negligent homicide in the 2017 hazing case of freshman pledge Maxwell Gruver.
Naquin faces anywhere from probation to up to five years in prison for his primary part in the alcohol-related death of Gruver. Several witnesses claimed that Naquin appeared to target Gruver the night of his death on Sept. 14, 2017.
Gruver died following a Phi Delta Theta hazing ritual called "Bible study." During this event, pledges were forced to chug alcohol upon giving wrong answers to questions about the fraternity. Gruver's blood-alcohol level was 0.495 percent. To give a sense of how high that is, it is more than 6 times the legal limit to drive in Louisiana. A fatal amount.
Naquin had been warned prior to Gruver's death to tone down his "extreme and dangerous" interactions with the pledges, according to court documents.
Not only was Naquin found guilty of negligent homicide, but he will soon also face trail for obstruction of justice after allegedly deleting nearly 700 files on his phone upon it being approved by the judge for a search warrant.
Following Gruver's death, Phi Delta Theta has been banned from LSU campus until at least 2033.