Fraternity Life fish killers get probation, community service but not jail time.

Fraternity Life fish killers get probation, community service but not jail time.
Instead of going to jail, Matthew Cox and Casey Loop will each perform hundreds of hours of community service, attend AA meetings, and serve five years of probation for their killing of a university koi fish during the taping of Fraternity Life: Santa Cruz. The AP reports that part of their community service–300 hours for Loop and 200 for Cox–will include “40 hours at a Japanese institute that has a pond filled with koi.” They also had “to pay $500 to UC Santa Cruz for a new filtration system for the Porter College koi pond and to apologize to David Swanger, the creative writing professor who bought Midas,” the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports. The paper has a screen capture of MTV footage showing Loop holding the dead fish that was used in their trial and sentencing.

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