Fraternity, 18 members charged in Penn State student's death

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Penn State said in February that its governing body for all fraternities as well as the fraternity's national organization had placed Beta Theta Pi on temporary cease and desist until all investigations were complete.

Today, Centre County's district attorney released findings of a grand jury investigation into the February 4 death of student Timothy Piazza and former members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, which has been banned from ever returning to Penn State. Prosecutors said Piazza consumed enormous amounts of alcohol as part of a hazing ritual and that members waited almost 12 hours after he first fell to call paramedics.

The panel's blistering presentment described a ritual known as "the gauntlet" in which Beta Theta Pi pledges were required to stop at various alcohol stations, where they guzzled vodka, shotgunned beers, drank from wine bags and played multiple rounds of beer pong.

"This is the result of a feeling of entitlement, flagrant disregard" for the law.

Following Piazza's death, Penn State permanently banned Beta Theta Pi, accusing it of a "persistent pattern" of excessive drinking, drug use and hazing.

The Beta Theta Pi fraternity in State College, Pennsylvania. "A child who just wanted to come to college here, who put his faith in Penn State".

Eighteen Penn State students are facing charges: eight for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and hazing, among other charges; four for reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; and six for evidence tampering.

Piazza and other pledges showed up at the frat house on "bid acceptance night", when they were formally invited to join the fraternity, Miller's statement said.

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On Feb. 5, Brendan Young, the president of the Penn State chapter, discussed concerns about "lawsuits" with another member. The fraternity itself is facing charges including involuntary manslaughter and hazing. According to members of the fraternity, help wasn't called for Piazza until he didn't wake up the next morning because his condition did not seem unsafe even though he had fallen multiple times and struck his head. "And when they finally did call for help they did not tell anyone that he had fallen", Miller said.

Authorities say help wasn't called for 12 hours, and Piazza died two days after the fall.

(Bellefonte) - Prosecutors in Centre County plan to announce this morning the results of a grand jury investigation into the death of a Penn State student who fell down steps during an alcohol-fueled pledge ceremony. A doctor would testify in the grand jury report that he estimated Piazza's blood alcohol level to be.36, a near fatal amount of alcohol.

"This is a very sad day", Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a press conference after a months-long grand jury investigation. Eventually, Piazza staggers toward the same set of basement stairs and is later found there unconscious.

After 3 a.m., Piazza was observed on surveillance rolling off the couch and attempting to stand, but fell and hit his head on the hardwood floor. He also fell onto a stone floor before being found in the basement hours later, it said.

Other fraternities and sororities at Penn State are restricted from recruiting new members until 2018 as well as limited as to the number of social events they can hold and how much and what kind of alcohol they may serve.

He said they are committed "to doing everything that we can so that no other parents will have to go through the pain and grief we are now experiencing".

President Barron wrote an open letter to the Greek community citing several rule violations coming from Penn State frats.