California News

Aug 28, 2014 8:32 AM by Associated Press

No contest plea in Fresno student hazing death

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A man connected to the binge-drinking death of a Fresno State freshman in 2012 has pleaded no contest to charges of hazing and furnishing alcohol to a minor causing death.

The Fresno Bee reported Wednesday that 30-year-old Louis Serrato will be sentenced in Fresno County Superior Court on Sept. 16. He faces up to a year in jail.

Serrato is one of three defendants charged in the death of 18-year-old Philip Dhanens of Bakersfield.

Dhanens had a blood-alcohol level of 0.36 - nearly five times the legal driving limit - when he died while pledging the local Beta Upsilon fraternity.

Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Woodward Baker pleaded no contest last month to a single misdemeanor charge of hazing. He was sentenced to three years of probation.

Proceedings are pending against 26-year-old Aaron Joseph Raymo, who has pleaded not guilty.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



Offensive or inappropriate comments are subject to removal. To report a comment, please e-mail us at, and include the name of the story and information on the comment.

Thank you!

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4