It's not unusual to hear that excessive fraternity hazing resulted in death or serious injury. The subject is topical right now due to at least two deaths in the state attributed to hazing in the past year. The most recent event occurred in Nov. 2014 when a 19-year-old man died in a hazing incident that has netted five criminal arrests to date. The fifth arrest – made just recently by the Albany police – was of a 20-year-old male who, like the other four, had been a student at the State University of New York at Albany. The men are charged with the criminal offense of first-degree hazing, a misdemeanor.
A promising new movement has been formed from the ranks of influential police and law enforcement officers nationwide. The group consists of more than 130 chiefs of police, prosecutors and sheriffs who have stepped forward to confirm their agreement that the country has gone overboard on incarcerating nonviolent offenders and those incarcerated for drug charges. New York City Police Chief William J. Bratton is a member of the prominent group.
First degree manslaughter in New York is punishable by a sentence of five to 25 years. The felony charges involve accusations that a person, with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, causes the death of such person. Serious physical injury under the state's Penal Law is defined as physical injury that results in death or creates a substantial risk of death.
New York authorities continue to pour valuable resources into hunting down and arresting marijuana growers. The Seneca County Sheriff's Office recently conducted its annual operation to locate and destroy illegal marijuana growing sites. They were assisted by the New York State Police, New York Environmental Conservation Police and the Seneca County Probation Department. They arrested one man and charged him with felony marijuana possession and misdemeanor unlawful growing of marijuana.