Ex-UK student accused of setting frat brother ablaze gets probation

jkegley@herald-leader.comSeptember 24, 2010 

A former University of Kentucky student accused of setting a fraternity brother on fire in an apparent prank gone wrong was sentenced to two years of probation Wednesday.

Sean Patrick Dunn, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree wanton endangerment and 3rd-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, and Fayette District Judge T. Bruce Bell handed down Dunn's sentence.

Dunn was charged after police said he wrapped fraternity brother John Pelosi in toilet paper and set him ablaze, causing an evacuation of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at 410 Rose Street in March.

The UK chapter of SAE has been suspended for two years, according to Joe Anderson, president of Kentucky's SAE Alumni Association. Anderson said the fraternity was suspended for violating UK's alcohol policy. The revocation will last until the fall semester of 2012.

A co-defendant in the case, Joseph Henry McKinley III, 21, received a conditional discharge, meaning he would serve no jail time and would not be supervised by the adult probation office as long as he stays out of trouble. McKinley was accused of hitting a police officer and resisting arrest during the evacuation.

McKinley, a former SAE president, is the son of U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr.

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