Fraternity prank lands 4 U.Va. students in jail

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Four University of Virginia students pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for what their attorney said was a fraternity prank.

Chase Wagner Whitlow, Gabriel Rust-Tierney, Jordan Vinsant Davis and Joseph Uzcategui pleaded guilty Thursday as part of a plea agreement in Charlottesville General District Court. The four Chi Phi members were sentenced to 90 days in jail, 86 of which were suspended.

The students were charged with abduction for putting a man into the back of a car near the university and leaving him about 12 miles away in April 2008.

Their attorney, James "Bud" Treakle, said they were taking part in a "fraternity tradition." The victim did not report it to police as a prank.

It was not clear if the four men were fraternity members at the time of the incident.

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