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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.

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