Judge Tosses Involuntary Manslaughter Charges In PSU Frat Hazing Death

  • Judge Tosses Involuntary Manslaughter Charges In PSU Frat Hazing Death

Judge Tosses Involuntary Manslaughter Charges In PSU Frat Hazing Death

There also were new defendants charged after the Federal Bureau of Investigation was able to recover deleted security camera footage from the basement. The 12 others charged could face a preliminary hearing in May. But he did not directly serve the pledges alcohol and that could have factored into Sinclair's decision.

"My office received this case as a referral from the Centre County District Attorney in January 2018". "I am disappointed by the decision of the magisterial district judge and we are assessing our legal options".

Jim Piazza said he thinks the state bill - the Timothy J. Piazza Law - could make Greek life safer, hold those who commit hazing accountable and save lives.

"It has been our position from the inception of this prosecution that involuntary manslaughter was not appropriate for the facts and circumstances of this case".

"While disappointed that the refiled involuntary manslaughter charges against the fraternity brother criminal defendants were again not sustained by Magistrate Judge Sinclair, the parents of Tim Piazza are heartened that the important newly filed conspiracy charge has now been added and will move forward to trial along with the charges of reckless endangerment and hazing. Gary and his family recognize that a young man tragically lost his life and they continue to pray for Mr. Piazza's family during this extremely hard time".

The charges that now remain are: conspiracy to commit hazing for 2 defendants and furnishing alcohol to minors and unlawful acts relative to minor for 3 defendants.

One former fraternity member allegedly texted his girlfriend "drink hazing can send me to jail", and "I don't want to go to jail for this", prosecutors said. "These charges carry with them significant penalties, including substantial jail time".

The prosecution, this time led by Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Zarallo, argued that fraternity members planned and executed a hazing ritual and deliberately got Piazza drunk and then failed to get him medical care after he was seriously injured.

Piazza suffered fatal head and abdominal injuries the night of an alcohol-fueled pledge bid acceptance ceremony at the fraternity house.

According to Dr. Harry Kamerow, Piazza had also consumed a risky amount of alcohol, three or four times the legal limit for driving.

"No one immediately called 911", it said.

Other security camera video played during a preliminary hearing last June detailed his harrowing final hours, showing him falling several times and staggering through the fraternity house before disappearing near basement stairs, where police say he plummeted 15 steps and lost consciousness. Men carried Piazza's unconscious body upstairs and placed him back on the couch, where they shook him and tried to prop him up, according to the grand jury report. Video shows fraternity members standing around Piazza for more than 40 minutes before anyone calls for an ambulance.