January 11, 2017

First guilty plea in hazing death of student


STROUDSBURG - The first of 37 defendants charged in connection with the December 2013 hazing death of Chun “Michael” Deng, 18, in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, has pled guilty.

Ka-Wing Yuen, 25, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension by concealing, destroying or tampering with evidence, a felony of the third degree, and conspiracy to commit hazing, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Yuen’s plea was entered at the start of the second day of his bench trial in this matter, after the Commonwealth presented a full day of evidence, consisting of testimony from responding and investigating officers and physical evidence collected during the course of the investigation. In accepting the plea, Yuen avoided the potential for conviction on three additional felony offenses for hindering apprehension and conspiracy. Sentencing for Yuen is scheduled for January 23rd.

Yuen, the first brother from the first pledge class of the Baruch Colony of Pi Delta Psi, was charged for his role in the cover up of the fraternity hazing that took place the weekend of December 6-8, 2013 at a residence on Candlewood Drive. That hazing included a secret fraternity tradition in which fraternity brothers repeatedly tackled a blindfolded Deng, leading to the victim’s injuries and rendering him unconscious. The fraternity brothers failed to call for help, delaying treatment for Deng, but instead collectively concealed and destroyed evidence and provided false and misleading information to officers investigating the cause of Deng’s injuries.

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