Penn State frat member teaches sentence building death case

The first member of a Penn State University fraternity to plead guilty in connection with the death of a pledge last year after a night of drinking and hazing, is set to learn his sentence.

A judge on Tuesday is scheduled to announce that the punishment for Ryan Burke for four counts of hazing, and five alcohol violations.

The 21-year-old Scranton resident is of more than 20 members of the now-closed-Beta Theta Pi fraternity to criminal charges over the February 2017 death of Tim Piazza.

Piazza, a second-year engineering student from Lebanon, New Jersey, died after a night of heavy drinking and a series of falls that left him with a fractured skull and a severe abdominal injury.

Other suspects face trial in February.

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