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Former student pleads not guilty to reckless homicide in relation to Collin Wiant’s death

A former Ohio University student, who was with Collin Wiant when he died, pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide Friday in relation to Wiant’s death in 2018.

Corbin Michael Gustafson, 22, pleaded not guilty to the third-degree felony. He is scheduled to appear for a jury trial on Jan. 23, 2020, Meg Saunders, assistant prosecutor for Athens County, said. Gustafson’s attorney is Joseph Nemec.

Gustafson was with Wiant when he died. Gustafson called 911 and told the dispatcher that Wiant was unresponsive and that he would bring Wiant outside, but the dispatcher told Gustafson to leave him where he was, according to a previous Post report. Wiant died in the Sigma Pi annex house, which was 45 Mill St.

Gustafson was enrolled at OU from fall 2017 to fall 2018.

He cannot use drugs or alcohol while the case is ongoing, and he cannot contact his co-defendants or the Wiant family, Saunders said. He also has to get an assessment for drugs and alcohol.


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