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Former fraternity member charged with two felonies

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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 9:26 pm

A former Oklahoma State University student pleaded not guilty to two counts of pointing a firearm with intent to threaten during his arraignment hearing Monday.

Owen Edward Hossack, 22, is a former member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. On Aug. 16, he allegedly used a loaded handgun to frighten two pledges at an Alpha Gamma Rho pledge initiation, according to an affidavit.

According to court records, the pledges were told they were being taken to a bonfire initiation event. During the ride to the bonfire, fraternity upperclassmen allegedly yelled at the pledges to stare at their laps, the affidavit states.

The victims told police Hossack aimed the gun at their heads and asked whether they were willing to take a bullet for their fraternity brothers.

Police say the gun was then discharged, shattering the rear window of the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

In a statement, OSU said the university began investigating the incident Sept. 6 and reported it to campus police.

During an interview with OSU police Sept. 11, Hossack said the allegations involving the gun were true. He said he fired the weapon at the window, which he believed to be open, to frighten the pledges.

Hossack, who was a secretary on the Interfraternity Council in 2013, was expelled from the university and Alpha Gamma Rho, OSU said.

The fraternity was placed on partial probation, according to OSU.

Alpha Gamma Rho President Mitchell Earl released a statement saying the fraternity did not condone or encourage Hossack’s actions.

“Members of the fraternity are cooperating fully with campus officials and have no further comment due to the ongoing nature of the investigation,” Earl said.

Hossack’s bail was set at $10,000, which he paid Monday, Payne County Jail officials said.

Both counts are felony charges and are punishable by imprisonment for one to 10 years, according to court documents.

His preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 4.