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Four Cal State San Marcos students on probation in alcohol-related death

January 25, 2011 |  4:48 pm

Four students at Cal State San Marcos have been sentenced to probation in connection with the 2009 death of a fellow student who passed out drunk and was hit by a car, officials said.

The students, members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, had hosted an off-campus party at their house.

Patrick Drown, 19, attended the party and apparently fell asleep due to drinking. The four students left him sleeping on the couch and went to bed.  Later Drown left the house, passed out in the road and was struck and killed by a BMW.

The four -- Brendan Urias, Mike Naylor, Kyle McCarthy and Morgan Lawler -- were charged with misdemeanor violation of the "social host" ordinance that holds people responsible for the actions of party guests.

Under a plea bargain filed Monday in San Diego County Superior Court, the four will be on probation for three years and complete 80 hours of community service. Each could have been sentenced to six months in jail.

After the 2009 incident, campus officials suspended all fraternity parties.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego