Five Pike fraternity members found guilty of reckless conduct

Courtesy Photo
David Bogenberger

Courtesy Photo David Bogenberger

By Northern Star staff

All five Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members who faced felony hazing charges in relation to the death of a freshman pledge pleaded down to reckless conduct, a class A misdemeanor.   

The charges were reached as a result of a plea deal. The defendants will each pay a $1,000 fine, restitution and will get 100 hours of community service and a conditional discharge.

The fraternity members faced felony hazing charges in relation to the death of freshman pledge David Bogenberger. Alexander Jandik, James Harvey, Omar Salameh, Patrick Merrill and Steven Libert appeared in court Friday to give pleas.

Along with the five fraternity members, 17 other people were found guilty of misdemeanor charges.

Bogenberger was found unresponsive Nov. 2, 2012, at the former Pi Kappa Alpha house, 1020 W. Hillcrest Drive, with a blood-alcohol content of .351 percent, according to a DeKalb County Coroner’s report.

A wrongful death suit against fraternity members filed by the Bogenberger family was dismissed Dec. 11.