Ex-fraternity president pleads guilty in deadly hazing case

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The former president of a now-defunct fraternity at Ohio University has pleaded
guilty to charges stemming from hazing that led to a student’s death two years ago.
Elijah Wahib, 22, of Westlake, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts each of felony obstruction of justice
and misdemeanor hazing and a single felony count of permitting drug use, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
He was sentenced to 31 days in jail for the misdemeanors, with one day of credit, and participation in a
drug and alcohol diversion program for the felonies.
Wahib became the fifth members of the former Sigma Pi fraternity to plead guilty to charges that grew out
of the 2018 incident involving Collin Wiant, an 18-year-old freshman who was found dead after ingesting
nitrous oxide. Authorities have said Wahib told his fraternity brothers to not provide any information
to university investigators.
Wiant’s parents, Wade and Kathleen, appeared at the hearing via Zoom from their home in Dublin and
addressed the court and Wahib. They said their son’s death "would’ve been avoided with the right
leadership in this organization," adding that Wahib "was elected to lead men and he
failed."
Wahib spoke briefly during the hearing, extending his "sincere condolences" to Wiant’s family