In yet another black eye for LSU's embattled Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, a former LSU student and frat brother pleaded guilty this week to pushing another student down two flights of stairs at the DKE house, injuring him during a 2017 preview event.
Nicholas Daniel Lorusso II, the son of former New Orleans state Rep. Nicholas "Nick" Lorusso, was given a suspended one-year prison sentence and put on bench probation for nine months by state District Judge Don Johnson.
The younger Lorusso, 21, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty Monday to two misdemeanor counts of simple battery. An unrelated marijuana possession charge was dismissed. He had pleaded not guilty to all of the charges in January.
LSU's embattled DKE chapter also was shut down in January by DKE's national chapter, which investigated allegations of hazing brought by a grandfather who reported seeing wounds on his grandson.
A former LSU student and fraternity member accused of pushing another student down two flights of stairs during an August 2017 fraternity prev…
Last month, police arrested nine DKE members on hazing counts and other related offenses that allegedly occurred last fall. The allegations include ordering pledges to lie face down on a basketball court covered in broken glass while being urinated on.
Pledges also had gasoline poured on them and were forced to submerge themselves in an ice machine wearing nothing but their underwear, according to arrest warrants. Members of the fraternity are also accused of kicking pledges with steel-toed boots, attempting to burn them with cigarettes and beating them with a metal pipe.
The incident at the DKE house involving Lorusso occurred Aug. 17, 2017, less than a month before the Sept. 14, 2017, hazing death of LSU freshman Max Gruver at the now-defunct Phi Delta Theta house.
"He's very remorseful for what he did," Lorusso's attorney, Kyle Kershaw, said Friday. Lorusso was prepared to apologize to the victim, Kershaw said, but he was not in the courtroom Monday when Lorusso pleaded guilty.
The victim, who has sued Lorusso, needed 13 stitches in his cut hand and surgery to repair a fracture.
The victim in the incident involving Lorusso had volunteered to tour fraternity houses with potential members. While in the Delta Kappa Epsilon house, the volunteer went upstairs to make sure no potential members left the main floor, which would be a violation of the tour rules, a police report states.
A former fraternity brother and student at LSU was arrested Wednesday after university police said he pushed another student down two flights…
When the volunteer reached the third floor a man confronted him about what he was doing upstairs. After explaining, the volunteer turned to leave but was confronted by a second man, later identified as Lorusso, who pushed him down the stairs, the report says.
The volunteer got up but Lorusso pushed him down the next set of stairs, cutting and fracturing the victim's hand, according to the report.
Lorusso was not an LSU student at the time, Kershaw has said.
Johnson also ordered Lorusso to attend an effective decision-making class, perform community service, and write a 10-page essay on controlling his temper.