Former LSU student charged in death of fraternity pledge Max Gruver is released from prison

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) – Former LSU student and Phi Delta Theta fraternity member Matthew Naquin, who was convicted of negligent homicide after fraternity pledge Max Gruver died following a night of hazing in 2017, was released from prison Tuesday.

Naquin was originally sentenced to five years, but a judge suspended half of Naquin’s sentence last year.

Naquin will be on probation and must adhere to additional terms of probation outside of the general terms and conditions of probation, according to La. Department of Corrections spokesperson Ken Pastorick.

Terms Naquin must adhere to, according to Pastorick, are as follows:

  • Pay $65 per month to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to defray supervision costs
  • Write a letter of apology to Gruver’s parents
  • Give one-hour talks about hazing to high schools three times each year while on probation
  • Submit to random drug screenings at his own expense
  • Complete 1,000 hours of community service
  • Complete the courts’ Effective Decision Making School
  • Maintain full time employment, school status or some combination of the two
  • Remain free from more arrests and convictions
  • Refrain from using drugs and alcohol
  • Refrain from criminal conduct

The court ordered that Naquin’s probation cannot be terminated, and he must pay a $1,000 fine and $414.75 in court costs, according to Pastorick.

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