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VSU student president hazing conviction tossed

Thursday - 5/30/2013, 11:49am  ET

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia State University student leader who was convicted of hazing has succeeded in having the charge set aside.

Student body president Brandon Randleman claimed he only entered the plea because he was threatened that he wouldn't graduate if he refused.

Media outlets reported Thursday that prosecutors agreed May 23 to drop the charge against Randleman, who graduated earlier this month.

In April, Randleman and three other Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity members entered pleas in which they didn't admit guilt but acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict them. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop the charges in May if they stayed out of trouble.

Weeks later, Randleman hired an attorney and asked that his conviction be tossed, claiming that he was pressured into pleading.

The prosecutor denied threatening Randleman.


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