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Three Frat Brothers Given Jail Time in Penn State Hazing Death

Judge orders first jail sentences following the death of Tim Piazza.


Three former Penn State fraternity brothers were sentenced to jail time, after they were charged in the death of fraternity pledge Tim Piazza.

Michael Bonatucci, Luke Visser and Joshua Kurczewski are the first fraternity brothers to be sentenced to jail time after Piazza died during an alcohol-fueled hazing incident in February 2017 at the Beta Theta Pi house.

"Today was a significant step forward in the long road to justice for the parents of Tim Piazza with the sentencing of three individuals to prison for admitted conspiracy to haze their son," Piazza family attorney Tom Kline told the Centre Daily Times .

According to the Daily Times, Kurczewski, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit hazing, one count of hazing and one count of furnishing liquor to a minor. He was sentenced to three to nine months in the county jail.

Bonatucci, 21, pleaded guilty to three counts of hazing and one count of conspiracy to commit hazing. He was sentenced to 30 days to six months in the county jail.

Visser, 21, pleaded guilty six counts of hazing and one count of conspiracy to commit hazing. He was sentenced to six months in the county jail.

One other fraternity brother, Joseph Sala, was sentenced to three months of house arrest.

Jim and Evelyn Piazza read a statement before the sentencings, describing the daily emotional difficulty of living without their son. Centre County Judge Brian Marshall praised the Piazzas for their advocacy work to end hazing since their son's death.

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