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Four men guilty in hazing deaths of two students at Virginia State

Four men were convicted Thursday in the April 2013 deaths of two Virginia State University students who drowned during a club initiation ritual. The defendants entered pleas in Chesterfield County Circuit Court on charges related to the deaths of Marvell Edmondson of Portsmouth and Jauwan Holmes of Newport News, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Both 19, the freshmen were swept away while attempting to cross the rain-swollen Appomattox River. They were taking part in an initiation ceremony to join the group Men of Honor. Several other students were able to escape the rapids. Three men pleaded guilty to manslaughter and one to involuntary manslaughter. They were given sentences from five months to one year. Police investigators described Men of Honor as a social club whose mission was to build the character of young men.