Crime Second former Penn State fraternity member pleads guilty to hazing after a pledge died from severe head and abdominal injuries

22:45  09 august  2018
22:45  09 august  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Second former Penn State fraternity member pleads guilty to hazing after a pledge died from Joseph G Ems Jr, 22, pleaded guilty to hazing and an alcohol offense Ems is the second frat member to plead guilty to charges over hazing pledges death of Tim Piazza, 19, who suffered severe head and abdominal injuries in February 2017.

Ryan Burke, a former Beta Theta Pi brother at Penn State , pleaded guilty Wednesday to nine misdemeanors in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza, who died after a hazing ritual in February 2017.CreditAbby Drey/Centre Daily Times, via Associated Press.

A second former Penn State fraternity member has pleaded guilty to two charges over a pledge's death after a night of drinking and hazing last year.

Joseph G Ems Jr, 22, pleaded guilty to hazing and an alcohol offense on Wednesday and was scheduled for sentencing September 27.

He was charged as a result of the investigation into the death of Tim Piazza, 19, who suffered severe head and abdominal injuries in February 2017.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Joseph G Ems Jr, 22, (right) pleaded guilty to hazing and an alcohol offense over a pledge's death after a night of drinking and hazing last year © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joseph G Ems Jr, 22, (right) pleaded guilty to hazing and an alcohol offense over a pledge's death after a night of drinking and hazing last year

The teenager that night consumed three times the legal alcohol limit in the space of 82 minutes at the chapter house of the now-closed Beta Theta Pi frat.

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She also noted the danger posed by hazing , pointing out another case in Pennsylvania in which a 19-year-old student died last year after a “ pledge night” of drunken partying. “You only need to look at Penn State these days to understand,” she said.

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Both charges against him relate to his behavior with another 19-year-old pledge, named Thaddeus Lorenz, that night, not Mr Piazza.

Ems gave Lorenz a bottle of Burnett’s pink lemonade vodka in the basement of the fraternity house, Centre Daily reports.

The attorney general's office and Ems' lawyer both declined comment.

Ems originally was charged in May 2017 with a single count of reckless endangerment over Mr Piazza's death.

A grand jury report claimed he was one of four people to strap onto Mr Piazza a backpack loaded with books to prevent him from rolling over. 

That grand jury report also alleged that Ems participated, with two others, in picking up Piazza from the floor in and slamming him onto a couch.

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Ryan Burke, 21, pleaded guilty to nine remaining charges, including four hazing misdemeanors. Other charges had previously been tossed. Timothy Piazza, 19, died after an alcohol-fueled fraternity pledge event at Penn State University in 2017.

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After a marathon preliminary hearing, a district judge dismissed that charge.

Prosecutors cited security video footage recovered by the FBI in charging him with new allegations in November relating to a different pledge.

Ems pleaded guilty a week after fellow ex-Beta Theta Pi member Ryan Burke was sentenced to three months house arrest for four counts of hazing and five alcohol-related violations.

He also got 27 months of probation, and was fined him more than $3,000 and ordered to undertake 100 hours of community service.

Burke was the one who provided the vodka that Mr Piazza drank on the night of his death after a series of falls. 

Ryan Burke said he was 'truly sorry' in court to the parents of Mr Piazza,and accepted responsibility for his role in the events that led to his death.

a person standing in front of a building: Burke exits the Courthouse Annex after his sentencing in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, last week © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Burke exits the Courthouse Annex after his sentencing in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, last week a group of people standing in front of a building: Ryan Burke's attorney, Philip Masorti, told reporters he thought the sentence was fair © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ryan Burke's attorney, Philip Masorti, told reporters he thought the sentence was fair

'The court was shocked by what happened that night,' Centre County Judge Brian Marshall said last week, adding he was 'mindful that there were many involved.'

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A former Penn State fraternity member pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges stemming from the hazing death of student Timothy Piazza, who died last year after falling down a flight of stairs at a fraternity house.

Burke's defense attorney, Philip Masorti, said afterward he thought the sentence was fair.

'This was an accident that nobody wanted to happen,' he told Marshall. 'It led to a tragic death.'

Burke, 21, of Scranton, is the only one so far to plead guilty in the case, in which more than two dozen members of the now-defunct Greek organization face charges.

A hearing for some others is planned for next month, and trial for at least some will be in February.

Prosecutor Brian Zarallo with the attorney general's office said Burke took a leading role in what occurred, as he led the fraternity's effort to recruit new members.

He led them into a drinking station 'gauntlet' that began a night of heavy drinking that was captured on the building's elaborate video security system.

Piazza 'didn't know what was waiting for him,' that night, Mr Zarallo said. 'The defendant did. The defendant knew exactly what was waiting for him.'

an old brick building with grass in front of a house: Mr Piazza consumed three times the legal alcohol limit in the space of 82 minutes at the chapter house of the now-closed Beta Theta Pi frat house (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Piazza consumed three times the legal alcohol limit in the space of 82 minutes at the chapter house of the now-closed Beta Theta Pi frat house (pictured) a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Frat members Lars Kenyon (left) and Luke Visser (right) were charged earlier this year with reckless endangerment, hazing and furnishing alcohol to a minor © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Frat members Lars Kenyon (left) and Luke Visser (right) were charged earlier this year with reckless endangerment, hazing and furnishing alcohol to a minor

He played a videotape in which a cap-wearing Burke could be identified plying the would-be frat members with a bottle of 80-proof vodka, 

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He said Burke seemed nonchalant about Mr Piazza's medical condition after he  endured a bad fall down the basement steps.

Burke 'can't be bothered' and left Piazza for others to deal with him, Zarallo said, describing his actions as callous.

'This is a big joke to these people,' Zarallo said, telling the judge that five pledges vomited that night and one other injured an ankle.

Piazza's parents, who have become anti-hazing advocates, recounted the horror of being summoned to the hospital to find their son with a range of visible and very severe injuries, not far from the death that would soon follow.

'All he was trying to do was join an organization and make new friends,' said his father Jim Piazza.

Mr Piazza credited Burke for pleading guilty, but noted that occurred after a judge ruled there was sufficient evidence to send the case to county court for trial.

a man in a suit standing in front of a building: Michael Schiavone © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Michael Schiavone a person standing in front of a car: Joe Sala © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joe Sala

'This group of fraternity brothers was playing Russian roulette with the pledges,' he told Marshall. 'Tim just happened to catch a bullet.'

The victim's mother, Evelyn, said of her late son: 'He was sentenced to death by those fraternity brothers who mistreated him and now I am sentenced to life without half of my heart, half of my life's purpose,' she said. 

'A statement needs to be made. This kind of thing cannot continue.' 

Mr Masorti disputed that his client acted callously and said Piazza made free choices - to attend the event, to go through the gauntlet and to drink. 

He focused on events that occurred after Burke had left, when members found Mr Piazza unconscious beneath a makeshift basement bar the next morning and waited 40 minutes to summon help.

'Tim Piazza got drunk, that's a fact. He fell down the steps, that's a fact. He was not properly cared for, and he died from his injuries from a fall,' Mr Masorti said.

When Burke was first charged in November, he also was accused of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

However, the attorney general's office dropped the most serious charges in April and a district judge subsequently dismissed some other counts.

He pleaded guilty in mid-June to four misdemeanor counts, none of which carried a prison sentence.

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