- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 31, 2008

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — Three fraternity members at Clemson University were charged with alcohol-related misdemeanors after a freshman died of alcohol poisoning during an off-campus party, a prosecutor said yesterday.

The students’ activities did not directly lead to the death of 18-year-old Benjamin Garrison Sprague, prosecutor Chrissy Adams said. But the three students face charges that include transferring beer and liquor to a minor and using fake identification to buy alcohol.

Miss Adams said Mr. Sprague was not forced to drink at the party.

“Ben made choices that night to consume alcohol, and he consumed alcohol in excess, and that led to his death,” Miss Adams said. “These boys made a mistake by providing the alcohol and having it available at a fraternity party to underage drinkers.”

Miss Sprague died of alcohol poisoning Dec. 9 at an off-campus Sigma Nu fraternity house. He had a blood-alcohol level of nearly 0.38 percent, about five times above the legal threshold for driving, Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis has said.

After Mr. Sprague’s death, the school’s Sigma Nu chapter was placed on interim suspension.

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