Former LSU students sentenced for roles in pledge’s alcohol death

Published 2:47 pm Friday, July 26, 2019

Two former LSU students who pleaded no contest last year to misdemeanor hazing in the 2017 alcohol-related death of a fraternity pledge have been sentenced.

State District Judge Beau Higginbotham on Friday sentenced 22-year-old Sean-Paul Gott, of Lafayette, and 20-year-old Ryan Matthew Isto, of Butte, Montana, each to 30 days in jail in connection with Max Gruver’s death.

The Advocate reports each was immediately taken into custody.

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Isto was the former roommate of 21-year-old Matthew Naquin, who was convicted last week of negligent homicide in 18-year-old Gruver’s death. Gruver, of Roswell, Georgia, had been at LSU a month when he died of alcohol poisoning after a Phi Delta Theta hazing ritual.

Naquin of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, will be sentenced Oct. 16. He faces up to five years in prison.