Fresnan sentenced in Cal Poly hazing death

Two men accused of misdemeanor charges in the hazing death of Cal Poly freshman Carson Starkey in 2008 entered pleas Thursday and were sentenced to 30 days in jail.

In San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Adam Marszal and Russell Taylor, both 23, entered pleas of no contest to misdemeanor hazing resulting in death. Taylor is from Fresno. Marszal is from Carmichael.

Judge Linda Hurst sentenced both to the jail time, plus three years probation, and waived their rights to an appeal.

Marszal and Taylor also are required to complete 40 hours of community service or give two presentations within a year on the dangers of alcohol and hazing in schools.

Starkey died of alcohol poisoning after a hazing incident involving drinking while pledging Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 2008.