BOONE COUNTY, Mo. (TCD) -- Two former Phi Gamma Delta members face felony charges after a hazing incident left a pledge blind and unresponsive.
According to the Columbia Missourian, in October 2021, University of Missouri student Daniel Santulli was found unresponsive due to severe alcohol poisoning. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content level of .486, which is six times the legal limit.
Santulli’s "pledge father," Ryan Delanty, allegedly forced Santulli to drink the alcohol, and he had a 750-milliliter bottle of Tito’s vodka taped to his hand. Video of the incident was reportedly recovered by authorities.
In May, Santulli’s family settled with 23 defendants in a civil lawsuit, the Columbia Missourian reports.
Thomas Shultz, the fraternity’s vice president and treasurer, allegedly concealed text messages from authorities.
Both Delanty and Shultz were recently indicted by a Boone County grand jury on hazing charges for life endangerment, which is a felony under the Missouri anti-hazing statute, according to the Columbia Missourian. The two were also reportedly charged with supplying liquor to a minor or intoxicated person, a misdemeanor.
On June 2, Alec Wetzler, another fraternity member, was allegedly charged with supplying liquor to a minor or intoxicated person and the purchase/attempt to purchase or possession of liquor by a minor, both misdemeanors. Wetzler and another member, Samuel Gandhi, have reportedly been added to the civil lawsuit.