DEKALB - In early November, an NIU fraternity hazing ended in alcohol poisoning and death for David Bogenberger, a freshman from Naperville. Twenty-two members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity have been charged with their part in planning and implementing the hazing - five with felonies and 17 with misdemeanors.
Charged are the fraternity's president, Alexander M. Jandick, 21, of Naperville; its vice president, James P. Harvey, 21, of DeKalb; pledge adviser Omar Salameh, 21, of DeKalb; secretary Patrick W. Merrill, 19, of DeKalb; and event planner Steven A. Libert, 20, of Naperville.
Those accused of felony hazing face a possible prison sentence of one to three years. The misdemeanor hazing charge carries a penalty of up to 364 days in jail. Probation is an option for both charges.
The Bogenberger family released a statement in response to the charges filed. "We have no desire for revenge. Rather, we hope that some significant change will come from David's death. Alcohol poisoning claims far too many young, healthy lives. We must realize that young people can and do die in hazing rituals. Alcohol-involved hazing and initiation must end."