Penn State frat brothers linked to pledge, death is not a sentence of imprisonment, judge rules

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Pennsylvania judge has traded in prison for a milder punishment for the three former Penn State fraternity brothers who pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the 2017 hazing death of Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Piazza.

Luke Visser will now serve 45 days of house arrest after the Centre County District Judge Brian K. Marshall resentenced him Wednesday, dismissal of his original sentence of two to six months in prison.

Visser is now one of three former Beta Theta Pi members to their original sentences, which included a term of imprisonment, as amended, with no imprisonment.


Marshall previously modified in the sense of the 21-year-old Michael Bonatucci and the 20-year-old Joshua Kurczewski, reported.

Links: Beta Theta Pi brother Michael Bonatucci the Centre County Courthouse Annex to be sentenced on Tuesday. Right: Joshua Kurczewski leave the court after a hearing last August.
(Centre Daily Times / Abby Drey)

Bonatucci was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years probation, but will now serve 30 days of house arrest. Kurczewski was also given 90 days of house arrest, in contrast to six months in prison.

All three of the students sentences were set to begin this month.

Piazza, a promise at the time, died Feb. 4, 2017, after suffering from injury after a night of heaving drinking and hazing.

Timothy Piazza center, is seen with his parents, Evelyn and James Piazza, during his high school football team’s Senior Night, in Flemington, N. J., Oct. 31, 2014.
(Patrick Cairns via Associated Press)

The brotherhood home of the video security system included the 19-year-old stumbling on a bank on the first floor to fall down the steps. He was transported back to the top and spent the night in obvious pain, most of it on the bank, as fraternity brothers took ineffective and even harmful steps to his condition.


After he was found unconscious in the basement the following morning, took his friends about 40 minutes to call an ambulance, and he later died in a hospital.

Twenty-eight members of the now-shuttered the brotherhood face with the charges. Most pleaded guilty to hazing and alcohol-related counts, and received probation and community service.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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