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Fiji member accused in Santulli case sentenced to probation


One of the University of Missouri fraternity members accused in the Danny Santulli hazing case was sentenced Thursday at the Boone County Courthouse.

Alec Bradley Wetzler, 21, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty in April to supplying liquor to a minor and buying liquor as a minor, both misdemeanors.

Wetzler was sentenced on Thursday to two years of probation, with a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail. He was also ordered to two days of shock jail time. He is currently in the Boone County Jail; a mugshot has yet to become available.

Wetzler will not be allowed to drink alcohol, enter an establishment where alcohol is primarily served and complete a victim impact course. 

Santulli was left disabled following an alleged hazing incident at Phi Gamma Delta in 2021. Santulli was left unable to walk, talk or see after suffering a traumatic brain injury that night.

Santulli's family alleged in a lawsuit against several fraternity members that he was forced to drink large amounts of hard liquor and not given immediate medical attention when he was unresponsive.

Wetzler is one of four Fiji members who have taken plea deals:

  • Harrison Reichman, 21, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to giving alcohol to a minor. He was initially charged with hazing – life endangerment. He was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation, along with 100 hours of community services and 15 days of shock jail time.
  • Thomas A. Shultz, of Chesterfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty to supplying alcohol to a minor. He was sentenced to a year of probation and 30 days of shock jail time.
  • Samuel Gandhi, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty to supplying alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor He was originally charged with felony hazing. He was sentenced to 15 days of shock time in the county jail, two years of probation and 100 hours of community service. He will also have to complete a court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment program.

Samuel Morrison, 23, of Cameron – another fraternity member charged with hazing – has a jury trial set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. A pretrial conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

Benjamin Parres, 21, of Chesterfield has a pretrial conference set for 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8. A jury trial is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. He is also charged with felony hazing.

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