After being expelled from the University in April, Zachary Kramer pleaded guilty Thursday in a New Haven court to federal charges that carry a minimum of 12 months in prison, according to the Associated Press. He will be officially sentenced on Feb. 10.
Kramer was arrested in March in connection with a string of drug-related hospitalizations on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. The hospitalizations were caused by ingestion of what the students believed was the synthetic party drug Molly/MDMA.
Those drugs were later found by investigators to include an MDMA substitute and the substance AB Fubinaca. Four other students were arrested and expelled.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, Kramer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and distribute MDMA and synthetic marijuana. Prosecutors recommend a sentence of 12-18 months.
“It was the right thing to do,” Kramer’s lawyer, William Dow III, said to the Associated Press about the guilty plea. “We’re looking forward to the day of sentencing where we can show the judge how much this young man has progressed since these events occurred. He’s matured. He’s got better judgment.”
One other expelled student, Eric Lonergan, faces federal charges in connection to the same incident. He is expected to similarly enter a guilty plea on Nov. 23.
According to the New Haven Register, Lonergan is accused of selling MDMA from his dorm room for around $200 per gram, beginning in November 2013. He allegedly provided drugs to students at a party in September 2014, leading to a string of hospitalizations.
Kramer allegedly replaced Lonergan as the primary supplier of MDMA on campus in December 2014.
On Oct. 31 this year, a Wesleyan sophomore was hospitalized after taking MDMA. They were discharged on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
“We have witnessed first hand, and several times now, the dangers of ingesting these substances,” wrote Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Whaley in an email to The Argus this month. “As one rarely knows what is actually in these capsules, it seems quite a risky proposition. Thankfully, most Wesleyan students make safer and healthier choices.”