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Serious Charges Dismissed in Death of Penn State Student Timothy Piazza

A New Jersey man named Timothy Piazza died on February 4, 2017 after a hazing ritual at a University of Pennsylvania frat house. Piazza was participating in a series of challenges involving alcohol after pledging to Beta Theta Phi. Shortly after finishing “the gauntlet,” a challenge to quickly consume beer, wine and liquor, Piazza became highly intoxicated. Security footage captured his chilling and tragic final hours. Many of the fraternity members involved in his death were charged with crimes, including involuntary manslaughter and felony assault. However, many of those serious charges have now been dismissed. 12 of the frat brothers now face lesser charges, including alcohol violations, hazing and reckless endangerment. Timothy Piazza’s Final Hours Shortly after 11 p.m. on February 2, Piazza is seen on video stumbling with clear signs of intoxication. He sits down on a couch, but a few minutes later wanders away. Afterwards, he fell head-first…
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Video Shows Penn State Pledge in Agony as Brothers Fail to Call 911

The trial of 18 Penn State fraternity members in the tragic wrongful death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza paints a horrific picture of the night he died. Piazza’s death stoked a firestorm in the media due to the circumstances that led to his death as well as the attempted cover-up by fraternity members. Security footage from the night of his fatal injuries shows the young man participating in a drinking “gauntlet,” traveling between several stations throughout the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house and consuming copious amounts of beer, wine and liquor. After the fact, it was discovered that Piazza’s blood alcohol concentration was around 0.4, an almost fatal amount of alcohol. Soon after the gauntlet, Piazza appears clearly intoxicated, stumbling around the house. It is not long before he vanishes from view, tumbling down a set of stairs into the basement around 11:22 pm. The fall caused the first of Piazza’s…
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Hundreds of Charges Filed in Hazing Death of NJ Man

On February 2, Timothy Piazza, a New Jersey man attending a party at the Alpha Upsilon chapter house of Beta Theta Pi at Penn State experienced a series of injuries that ultimately led to his death two days later. An investigation of the circumstances of his death turned up evidence of heavy drinking, hazing and a cover up. The fraternity and 18 of its members now face charges numbering in the hundreds – involuntary manslaughter among others. The fraternity claimed to be a dry fraternity, though records showed over $1,000 was spent to purchase alcohol between Jan. 25 and Feb. 2, intended for use at the recruitment event where Piazza was injured. Phone chats through social media, as well as testimony from attendees of the event, confirmed that pledges to the frat were made to drink excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time, including a “gauntlet” involving…
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