BEMIDJI, Minn. (KARE) The Beltrami County Attorney's Office charged five young men in connection with a large party in the county on Sept. 29.
According to the charges, the young men threw a party and provided alcohol to Isaac Jon Morris of Cokato, Minnesota, even though he wasn't 21.
Bemidji Police say Morris accidently fell from a seventh floor window of Tamarack Hall after drinking alcohol at a large off campus party. An autopsy indicates that he died of significant head trauma.
Investigators say Morris was a visitor to campus and not a BSU student.
The young men charged are Bryce Peter Mattson, Jack William Mathison, Aaron Elliot Trebelhorn, Zachary Charles Morse and Jordan Trowbridge Swan. Each is charged with two counts of a gross misdemeanor. The maximum sentence for each young man would be two years in jail and a $6000 fine, according to a press release.
An investigation into the September party in Beltrami County began after Morris fell to his death. The criminal complaint alleges that three of the defendants, Mattson, Mathison and Trebelhorn, pooled their money together to buy kegs. The complaint says they then sold the beer to party-goers by the cup.
The criminal complaint also alleges that Morse and Swan bought the kegs for the party and provided the party venue.
His family released a statement saying, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our son and brother. Isaac was a child of God who knew his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe and know that we will see him again in heaven."
Investigators quickly identified and interviewed seven adults who all played a part in hosting and buying alcohol for the gathering. They also located a number of witnesses who saw Morris consuming alcohol at the party, despite the fact he was underage.
Bemidji Police were called to Tamarack Hall around 12:30 a.m. on reports of a person laying on the ground bleeding. Officers found Morris, who appeared to have fallen from a high elevation. Despite lifesaving efforts, the teen died of his injuries.
In the wake of Morris' death, police remind students to think responsibly.