Matthew Naquin withdraws appeal, will begin serving prison sentence for LSU hazing death

Matthew Naquin to serve 2.5 years in prison after LSU hazing death conviction

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Matthew Naquin, the former LSU student found guilty of negligent homicide in the 2017 hazing death of Phi Delta Theta pledge Maxwell Gruver, will now start serving his prison sentence after dropping an appeal in exchange for one of his lesser charges being dismissed.

During a court hearing on Jan. 17, Naquin withdrew his appeal bond, thus beginning his prison sentence.

Naquin will start to serve his sentence for negligent homicide in exchange for the state dismissing the obstruction of justice charge against him.

Prosecutors charged Naquin with obstruction of justice on June 28, 2019 for allegedly deleting 700 files from his smartphone hours after investigators obtained a search warrant for the device.

Naquin was sentenced on Nov. 20, 2019 to five years in prison with two and a half years suspended. He will serve a total of two and a half years in prison.

Naquin was convicted of negligent homicide for Gruver’s death by a six-person jury on July 17, 2019.

Gruver, 18, of Roswell, Ga., died from alcohol poisoning in September of 2017 after a hazing ritual called “Bible study,” in which Phi Delta Theta pledges were required to chug hard liquor if they wrongly answered questions about the fraternity.

Phi Delta Theta, the fraternity involved in the case, has been banned from LSU’s campus until at least 2033.

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