Students react to guilty pleas in fraternity death

By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
April 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Five of the nine fraternity brothers charged in the death of Florida State University pledge Andrew Coffey entered guilty pleas on Monday.

There are a few mixed reactions on who exactly is being charged in the death of Coffey, but overall, people on FSU's campus seem to trust the process and believe that the state attorney is making the right decision.

A lot of students said they hope the pleas can help bring closure to the Coffey family.

"I definitely think it will make a difference, as in it will show other students that it's a serious subject," said FSU student Evan Flores. "I really hope it can bring everyone involved, but especially his family, some peace."

Students also said they believed the fraternity members having to apologize to the family, and also give anti-hazing lectures, could make a real difference, as well as believe the charges will continue to be a wake up call for Greek life at the university.

"I think that this will show that these things are not taken lightly," said FSU student Danielle. "This can hopefully make people think twice before doing these things."

The remaining four men who have been charged will go to trial by jury in June.

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