Penn State Students Charged in Hazing Death

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Some are from California, barely removed from being baby-faced high schoolers, while others are local products who thought they were getting ready to go off and conquer the world. The eight Pennsylvania State University students are in the same boat now, lost in what will likely be harsh, uncertain waters, possibly for years to come, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Beta Theta Pi fraternity members Brendan Young, Daniel Casey, Gary DiBileo, Luke Visser, Nick Kubera, Jonah Neuman, Joe Sala and Michael Bonatucci were charged with involuntary manslaughter on Friday as Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announced the findings of a grand jury investigation into the Feb. 3 death of fraternity pledge Tim Piazza, 19. They’re facing an assortment of other charges, including felony aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, and hazing. Ten other members of the fraternity, which was disbanded after Piazza’s death, face lesser charges.

Authorities said the fraternity brothers waited too long to seek medical treatment for Piazza, who suffered multiple falls after consuming a lethal amount of alcohol, and then seemed primarily concerned with their potential culpability after realizing the seriousness of his injuries. A look at the lives of the eight students offers few hints of the selfishness and stupidity depicted in the grand jury report. Young, the president of Beta Theta Pi chapter and a Malvern, Pa., resident, describes himself on LinkedIn as a junior majoring in enterprise risk management and finance. Casey, the fraternity’s pledge master, is from Long Island. DiBileo is the namesake son of a prominent Penn State graduate, Lackawanna County Controller Gary DiBileo Sr., a successful Scranton businessman for nearly 30 years.

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