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Nearly $1.6M awarded in SC college hazing case

FLORENCE (AP) — A jury has awarded nearly $1.6 million to a pledge who says he was badly beaten during a fraternity hazing at Francis Marion University in Florence.

Attorney Mullins McLeod says a jury on Thursday awarded $600,000 in actual damages and $1 million in punitive damages to his client, former student Daniel McElveen.

McElveen was pledging a fraternity in 2011 when he says he was paddled so badly that he suffered kidney damage.

The hazing took place at the home of Maurice Robinson, an alumnus and fraternity member. Robinson and several others were charged with hazing, and that case is still pending.

McElveen sued Robinson, the school and Phi Beta Sigma.

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