Former Ohio University fraternity president pleads guilty to charges in death of pledge

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The former president of the now-defunct Sigma Pi fraternity at Ohio University pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to drug and hazing charges in connection with the death of Collin Wiant.

Elijah R. Wahib, 22, of the Cleveland suburb of Westlake, entered a guilty plea to two counts of felony obstruction of justice, felony permitting drug use, and two counts of misdemeanor hazing.

Prosecutors said that as fraternity president, Wahib allowed members to haze pledges, including forcing pledges to consume hot sauce and exercise. He also permitted drug use to take place at the fraternity’s unofficial, off-campus house, in Athens. Marijuana, cocaine, Xanax and ecstasy were found at the residence, according to prosecutors.

After Wiant’s death in November 2018, Wahib instructed his fraternity brothers to not provide any information to Ohio University investigators.

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