Police charge pair in 2014 UAlbany hazing death

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police have charged two men in connection with the death of a University at Albany student in November 2014.

Trevor Duffy, 19, died after he was forced to drink large quantities of alcohol during an initiation at an unsanctioned fraternity.

Police have charged former UAlbany students Olaf Jablonski and Yuval Sucov, both 20, with one count of Hazing in the First Degree each.

Police said they were part of an underground fraternity that Duffy was pledging when he died following a fraternity part on Hamilton Street. Police said Jablonski and Sucov are among those who organized, directed and participated in the hazing.

According to court documents, a witness said a member, who hasn’t been arrested, forced Duffy to drink 60 ounces of Belvedere vodka, and police confirmed his blood alcohol content level was .58 percent.

The witness also claimed she saw Sucov force a pledge to drink a handle of whiskey. That pledge was later seen getting sick outside.

“It really is a problem,” UAlbany senior Turi Sok said.

Sok and junior Samantha Villamore are in a recognized sorority at UAlbany. While Greek life is anti-hazing, they said that doesn’t stop other organizations from taking it too far.

“When you’re underground, you have basically no rules,” Villamore said. “It’s a lot more dangerous than when you’re official.”

Sok and Villamore argue there won’t be an end to hazing unless school leaders take more preventative measures.

“Yeah, they say, ‘Oh, there’s no hazing. That’s not allowed,’ but at the same time, I feel like they don’t take it as seriously as it has to be until something like that happens; like, until a death happens,” Villamore said.

NEWS10 ABC reached out to the school for comment. The school did not want to go on camera, but in a statement, it thanked Albany police for their efforts to bring justice to those responsible for the tragic incident.

Police said more arrests are expected.

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