USU student sentenced in fraternity drinking death case

The 20-year-old Utah State University student who provided the alcohol to a fellow student in a fatal fraternity drinking stunt last year will spend 30 days in jail. Whitney Katherine Miller was sentenced Monday afternoon in 1st District Judge Thomas Willmore’s courtroom. She was charged with a class-A misdemeanor for providing alcohol to a minor, a charge she pleaded guilty to on May 6. A class-B misdemeanor charge of hazing was dismissed with her guilty plea for providing alcohol to a minor. The charges stemmed from an incident last year when 18-year-old Michael Starks, a prospective member of the Sigma Nu fraternity on campus, was found dead, suffering from alcohol poisoning after apparently having too much vodka to drink during a fraternity initiation stunt. Miller was a member of the Chi Omega sorority, of which some members were involved in the fraternity event. Both the Sigma Nu fraternity and Chi Omega sorority on the USU campus have been shut down since the November 2008 incident. In addition to 30 days in jail, Miller was sentenced to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service. Willmore ordered the community service to be spent speaking to youth about the dangers of abusing alcohol.

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