Six men charged in hazing that ruptured kidney

Sunday, June 2, 2002

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Five fraternity members from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville have been accused of felony hazing in connection with an alleged initiation beating that hospitalized a pledge. A sixth member was charged with misdemeanor hazing.

Madison County State's Attorney William R. Haine said Friday that Phi Beta Sigma fraternity members struck Prentice Motley, 19, hard enough with paddles in April to rupture a kidney. Motley has fully recovered, Haine said.

Every member of the six-man fraternity was indicted in connection with the matter. Facing hazing charges are Deanthony Moore, 22, of St. Louis; Richard Harris, 19, of Chicago; Frederick Spencer, 19, of Florissant, Mo.; Malike Perkins, 22, of East St. Louis; and Doue Carter, 21, of Edwardsville.

The other fraternity member, Christopher L. Conner, was charged with misdemeanor hazing for allegedly paddling two other pledges, Jacob Jenkins and Adedamola Oshin. Police said Jenkins and Oshin were not seriously hurt. Oshin, however, also faces perjury charges.

All of the defendants except for Moore also were charged with perjury, which carries a prison term of up to five years. The hazing charges carry terms of up to three years.

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