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Jun 8, 2010 10:56 PM

Former fraternity brothers enter pleas in Carson Starkey hazing death

Two fraternity brothers charged in the 2008 death of Cal Poly freshman Carson Starkey have pleaded no contest to hazing in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom Tuesday morning.

Starkey, 18, from Austin, Texas, was found dead from alcohol poisoning after a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event.

Zacary Westen Ellis, 23, and Haithem Muthana Ibrahim, 21, entered their pleas this morning, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office.

As part of the plea agreement, Ellis will be placed on misdemeanor probation for three years, serve 120 days in county jail, pay restitution, and waive any appellate rights. Ibrahim will be placed on probation for three years, serve 45 days in county jail, pay restitution, and cooperate with Cal Poly in anti-hazing education efforts.

"After carefully evaluating the strength of the case, and after consulting extensively with Carson's parents, we have determined this is an appropriate resolution," said Deputy District Attorney Craig Van Rooyen. "Both defendants are admitting their responsibility for the death of Carson Starkey."

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