Ex-fraternity brothers released from jail after serving time in Gruver hazing case

Phi Delta Theta fraternity house at LSU (Source: WAFB)
Phi Delta Theta fraternity house at LSU (Source: WAFB)
Updated: Aug. 12, 2019 at 7:10 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Two ex-fraternity brothers involved in the 2017 hazing death of Maxwell Gruver have been released from jail after serving their sentences.

According to records from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sean-Paul Gott and Ryan Isto were released from jail on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Gott and Isto were sentenced to 30 days in prison with credit for time served. They were also ordered to pay $100 fines.

The two pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing charges in September of 2018.


Gruver, 18, of Roswell, Georgia, died after an alleged hazing incident at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity sometime on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

Ten individuals were arrested in connection with Gruver’s death.

Since the death of Gruver, there have been significant changes to hazing and the criminal charges it carries. Under previous law, hazing was considered a misdemeanor. The three-page long Max Gruver Act passed in the 2019 Legislative Session establishes the crime as a felony offense.

Matthew Naquin, who was convicted of negligent homicide on the night Gruver died from alcohol poisoning, will be sentenced on Oct. 16. He faces up to five years in prison.

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