UNC fraternity member convicted in providing alcohol to Higuchi
Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2012 16:06
The UNC fraternity member who provided alcohol to a 19-year-old student at a party last April was convicted by a Weld County Court jury today.
Kyle Riley’s trial began Wednesday, when he faced one count of providing alcohol to a minor, which could amount to six to 18 months in jail. The verdict came after one hour of deliberations.
Weld Deputy District Attorney Sarah Bousman informed the jury, composed of five men and two women, that Riley gave shots and a bottle of wine to Ross Higuchi, 19, at an April 15, 2011 party at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house.
Hugichi, while at the party, jumped off the second-floor balcony, and passed away from his injuries days later.
“The defendant is charged with providing alcohol to a minor,” Bousman said, according to The (Greeley) Tribune. “He is not charged with the death of Ross. At no point in the next two days will you be asked the question, ‘Who was at fault for the death of Ross Higuchi?’”
Bousman added that Riley, 23, acting as Higuchi’s “big brother,” provided him with six to nine shots of whiskey and vodka and a bottle of wine.
Higuchi was a freshman majoring in sports medicine, and he had pledged the fraternity earlier in the fall.