Whitman County Gazette 

WSU students linked to fatality pled guilty


October 7, 2021

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COLFAX - Three of the 15 Washington State University (WSU) students connected to the alcohol poisoning death of a student pled guilty.

Sam Martinez, 19, of Bellevue, died after an Alpha Tau Omega fraternity event in November 2019 promoting mentoring and drinking. He died of alcohol poisoning, according to the Whitman County Coroner. He and another student were given a half-gallon of rum to drink at the event.

WSU fraternity members Maxwell Rovegno, Cameron Thomas, and Nolan Valcik pled guilty to furnishing alcohol to minors and were sentenced on Sept. 24 to 364 days in jail with 363 days su...

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