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4 men, frat to be sentenced in Monroe hazing death

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - Four men from New York City and their fraternity will be sentenced Monday in the death of a 19-year-old pledge.

Baruch College freshman Chun "Michael" Deng died after a hazing ritual in Monroe County back in 2013.

He was blindfolded, forced to wear a heavy backpack, then repeatedly tackled. He was knocked unconscious and later died at a hospital.

Police initially charged 37 people in his death.

The four who will be sentenced Monday pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Their fraternity, Pi Delta Psi, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a trial.

Prosecutors are seeking a fine for the fraternity and a 20-year ban from the state.

Deng's mother has prepared a statement to read at the sentencing. She wrote that the pain feels like a cat clawing and scratching at her heart.

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