Chico State fraternity and its former president plead guilty to federal charges
October 12, 2017
• Accused of cutting down trees in Lassen National Forest
• Tree felling was part of frat’s initiation
The California State University, Chico, chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity has been sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Kellison to 9,800 hours of community service, a three-year term of probation, and a $4,000 fine after pleading guilty to illegally cutting or otherwise damaging trees in Lassen National Forest, says U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert.
The court also ordered the fraternity to pay restitution of $4,387.97 to the Lassen National Forest.
In addition, the former president of the Chico fraternity chapter, Evan Clinton Jossey, was sentenced to a term of court probation and $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to the same offense.
According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Jossey and other members of the fraternity participated in an initiation ceremony at the Deer Creek Trailhead in the Lassen National Forest. During the course of the initiation ceremony, 32 trees were cut down at the site.