Sixth defendant pleads guilty in hazing death case

Staff Writer

A sixth defendant has pled guilty in the case involving a hazing death of a Bowling Green State University student in 2021.
Daylen Dunson, of Cleveland, was convicted in Wood County Common Pleas Court of reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business, eight counts of misdemeanor hazing, and seven counts regarding providing alcohol to an underage person.
County prosecutor Paul Dobson said the reckless homicide charge is a third degree felony and carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and tampering with evidence is also a third degree felony and carries the same penalty.
The obstructing justice charge had been amended to a fifth degree felony from a third degree and carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
The hazing charges are fourth degree felonies and carry a maximum penalty of 30 days each in prison. Providing alcohol to an underage person are misdemeanors and have a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500 to $1,000 each.
According to Dobson, Dunson was the president of the BGSU chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha in the spring of 2021 when Stone Foltz, 20, was rushing the fraternity along with several others – most of whom were under the legal drinking age.
After Foltz was rushed to the hospital, Dunson provided false information to police about his own whereabouts and whether a fraternity event had been held.
According to court records, he also told others to lie about the event and deleted social media pages.
“We have always considered Daylen Dunson to be one of the key players in allowing this event to happen and was, therefore, complicit in Stone’s death. Having Mr. Dunson finally accept responsibility for his part in this tragedy should come as a welcome relief to many,” Dobson said.
Two co-defendants remain in the case, Jacob Krinn and Troy Henricksen, and are scheduled for trial May 16.


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