9 indicted on charges related to Collin Wiant's death at Ohio University frat

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ATHENS, Ohio - Nine people have been indicted on charges related to the November 2018 death of a Dublin teen at Ohio University.

Collin Wiant died November 12, 2018 after an alleged hazing incident inside at the Sigma Pi Fraternity annex at Ohio University, where he was a student.

The Athens County Coroner determined that Wiant died from asphyxiation due to nitrous oxide ingestion.

An attorney for Wiant’s parents, Rex Elliott, said the charges mark an important step in their broader quest to eliminate hazing and help others understand the costs of such behavior.

“In order to affect change, there have to be consequences,” Elliott said.

Most of the defendants face drug- or alcohol-related charges, such as permitting drug abuse or trafficking in cocaine, LSD or harmful intoxicants. Five are charged with misdemeanor hazing.

Wiant’s family has sued the Sigma Pi fraternity. The fraternity has denied those allegations and said Wiant wasn't a pledge at the time because he had been removed from the process weeks earlier.

The university later expelled Sigma Pi for hazing, alcohol and drug use and other violations.

Seven of the defendants were members of Sigma Pi, which has reported in detail on the case.

Two of the defendants are currently enrolled at the university, and six are former students, school spokeswoman Carly Leatherwood confirmed.

Court records listed no attorneys for the defendants as of Tuesday afternoon. At least one was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, and initial court appearances for some weren't yet scheduled.

The Athens County prosecutor announced the following charges:

  • Joshua Thomas Androsac, 20, of Lewis Center, Ohio, Permitting Drug Abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; Hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony of the first degree; two (2) counts of Trafficking in Harmful Intoxicants, felonies of the fifth degree; and Trafficking in Cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree.
  • Saxon Angell-Perez, of Columbus, Ohio, Permitting Drug Abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; Hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; and Trafficking in Cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree.
  • Dominic A. Figliola, of Athens, Ohio, Permitting Drug Abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; Hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the fourth degree; and Failure to Comply with Underage Alcohol Laws, an unclassified misdemeanor.
  • Corbin Michael Gustafson, 22, Reckless Homicide, a felony of the third degree.
  • Zachary Herskovitz, 22, of Coraopolis, PA, Permitting Drug Abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; Hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
  • Cullen Willi McLaughlin, 20, two (2) counts of Trafficking in L.S.D., felonies of the fifth degree.
  • Elijah Robert Wahib, 22, of Westlake, Ohio, Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree; Permitting Drug Abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; Hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; Assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree; Obstructing Justice, a felony of the fifth degree; and Failure to Comply with Underage Alcohol Laws, an unspecified misdemeanor.
  • James Dylan Wanke/Silver Serpent, LLC, 25, Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony of the first degree; two (2) counts of trafficking in Harmful Intoxicants, felonies of the fifth degree; Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony of the third degree; and Improperly Dispensing or Distributing Nitrous Oxide, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. Wanke will appear before Judge Patrick J. Lang for arraignment on November 20. 2019, at 9:15 a.m.
  • Stephan Brent Lewis, 27, Trafficking in Harmful Intoxicants, a felony of the fifth degree; and Improperly Dispensing or Distributing Nitrous Oxide, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.


Editor’s note: An earlier report by 10TV named Caleb McFerren as being charged in connection to the death of Collin Wiant, based on information provided by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor’s office later clarified McFerren is not charged in connection to the death of Collin Wiant but is still charged with trafficking in harmful intoxicants and improperly dispensing or distributing nitrous oxide in connection to a separate investigation.

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