PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The second student charged in the death of a West Virginia University fraternity pledge has turned himself into police.
Jordan Hankins turned himself in just before 1 p.m. Friday, but was released after posting $10,000 bond.
He has been charged with hazing and conspiracy to commit hazing, facing up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Earlier this week, 20-year-old Richard Schwartz of Williamsville, New York, was charged with hazing and conspiracy to commit hazing.
Both are charged in connection to the death of 18-year-old Nolan Burch.
Schwartz had been the assigned “big brother” to the victim, Burch. Schwartz was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity where Burch was a pledge.
Burch died back in November after being found unresponsive at the frat house. He was rushed to Ruby Memorial Hospital, but passed away a day later in their intensive care unit.
He died of “acute ethanol intoxication,” the criminal complaint states.
Last month, Morgantown Police said Burch had a blood alcohol level of 0.493.
According to the criminal complaint, Schwartz is accused of providing the teen with “a bottle of liquor as a planned part of the ceremony of big/little night.”