FILE - In this May 5, 2017 file photo, Jim and Evelyn Piazza stand by as Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, left, announces the results of an investigation into the death of their son Timothy Piazza, seen in photo at right, a Penn State University fraternity pledge, during a press conference in Bellefonte, Pa. Three ex-Penn State fraternity brothers have been sentenced to jail on hazing charges in connection to the February 2017 death of Piazza. Sentences handed down Tuesday, April 2, 2019, to the three former Beta Theta Pi members range from 30 days to three months in jail. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)

Judge imposes first jail terms in Penn St. frat death case

April 03, 2019 - 11:10 am

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge has issued jail sentences to three former Penn State fraternity members in the 2017 death of a pledge, the first defendants to face the prospect of incarceration in a case that rewrote Pennsylvania's anti-hazing law.

A Centre County judge sentenced former Beta Theta Pi members Tuesday for hazing surrounding the death of 19-year-old sophomore Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey.

Their minimum sentences were one month, two months and three months. They might be allowed to serve them on home monitoring.

Piazza drank heavily the night of a pledge bid acceptance ceremony and was fatally injured in a series of falls.

Twenty-eight members of the now-shuttered fraternity have faced charges, although the most serious allegations of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault were dismissed or withdrawn.

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