First Guilty Plea Entered In Penn State Fraternity Death

BELLEFONTE (AP) – A former Penn State University fraternity brother entered the first guilty plea in the death of a pledge who was fatally injured after a night of heavy drinking and hazing. 21-year-old Ryan Burke pleaded guilty today to all nine remaining charges he faced, including four misdemeanor counts of hazing. Twenty-five other defendants face charges in the death of Timothy Piazza. The 19-year-old pledge drank a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered fatal injuries in a series of falls during a party last year. Prosecutors say fraternity members did little or nothing to help him. Burke was accused of giving Piazza a bottle of vodka at the party. He’ll be sentenced July 31. Defense attorney Philip Masorti says Burke is “anxious to make amends.”

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