- The Pennsylvania district attorney filed new charges against fraternity brothers in the death of a Penn State pledge.
- Deleted video surveillance was recovered.
- The video allegedly shows brothers giving a pledge 18 drinks in 90 minutes.
The Pennsylvania district attorney announced new charges in the death of Penn State sophomore Tim Piazza, who died in February after a hazing ritual called the gauntlet, CBS News reported.
Video surveillance that was deleted by a fraternity member allegedly showed frat brothers serving Piazza 18 alcoholic drinks in 1 hour and 22 minutes, according to District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller.
Miller filed new charges of involuntary manslaughter, hazing, and giving alcohol to minors, according to CBS.
Piazza died in February after a hazing ritual called “The Gauntlet,” an event at which pledges drank at a series of alcohol stations and consumed four to five drinks in as little two minutes. Fourteen hours after Piazza showed up to the event he was rushed to the hospital. He died the next day.
Piazza’s parents, Jim and Evelyn, had spoken out vigorously before the hearing about the manner in which their son died, saying the fraternity brothers had treated their son like “roadkill.”
The Piazzas declined to comment on the ruling, but District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said they were “shocked” by the decision, according to Philly.com.
In May, 18 members of Beta Theta Pi, as well as the national fraternity, had charges brought against them in connection with Piazza’s death. Eight of the 18, along with the fraternity, were charged with involuntary manslaughter. The other charges, totaling nearly 900, included aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, hazing, and providing alcohol to minors.
The judge has allowed the lesser charges to stand, including hazing and providing alcohol to minors.
Piazza’s death rocked Penn State’s Greek life and magnified the dangers of drinking culture and hazing on campus. Since then, Penn State has issued sweeping changes to its Greek system.
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