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Crime Former Penn State fraternity member pleads guilty to nine charges in Tim Piazza hazing death

00:32  14 june  2018
00:32  14 june  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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The guilty pleas come the week after 18 men in a Penn State University fraternity were charged in connection with the death of 19-year-old freshman Timothy Piazza .

(Reuters) - More than a dozen former members of a New York fraternity chapter pleaded guilty on Tuesday to reduced charges and were sentenced to probation in the 2013 hazing death of a Baruch College freshman during an initiation ritual in Pennsylvania ’s Pocono Mountains.

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The first guilty plea has been entered in connection with the hazing death of Penn State student Tim Piazza.

Ryan Burke, 21, pleaded guilty to nine remaining charges, including four hazing misdemeanors. Other charges had previously been tossed.

Piazza was 19 when he drank a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered fatal injuries in a series of falls last year on the Pennsylvania campus. Members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity waited too long and took half-hearted steps to call for help, according to prosecutors.

Burke was accused of giving Piazza a bottle of vodka at the party.

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Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, announcing anti- hazing legislation last week outside the Centre County preliminary hearing for former Penn State fraternity brothers charged in Tim Piazza ’s death .

"There are too few words to describe a loss so great. This young man understands that," Burke's lawyer Philip Masorti said. "This is a tragedy, and he is anxious to make amends."

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building © Abby Drey / AP Twenty-five others still face charges relating to the death of Piazza, who grew up in Lebanon, N.J. A magistrate has previously thrown out the most serious charges, involuntary manslaughter, against five defendants.

"We are pleased to see one individual accept responsibility and encourage others to follow in his steps," Piazza family lawyer Tom Kline said.

Burke will be sentenced on July 31.

With News Wire Services

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