Before 19-year-old Piazza fell to his death down a flight of stairs, new video shows the freshman pledge consuming 18 drinks in 1 hour and 22 minutes. Fraternity brothers bringing him drink after drink, obtaining nothing by himself.
The graphic details coming after the FBI recovered new video from a basement camera. According to detectives, someone at the fraternity intentionally deleted this video, they say, in an attempt to cover up blatant hazing.
Piazza's father says, "He was killed at the hands of those he was seeking friendship from.... we are making holiday plans without our son, Tim, because of your actions."
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller says, "People had asked us before why would someone delete that video if they did delete it. Well, now we know. Because it contained criminal conduct."
Now, 17 fraternity brothers at Penn State are facing criminal charges, including hazing, deleting evidence, and manslaughter. All fraternity members previously charged have pled not guilty and the defense has argued the brothers did not intentionally harm Piazza, and they did not realize the extent to which he was drinking.
The prosecution has said the frat. brothers delayed getting help for Piazza in an attempt to cover up their drinking. One text message between them saying, "I don't want to go to jail for this - hazing is such a huge thing".
Piazza's father says they can't hide any longer. "Now we know what happened in that basement. Hazing is illegal and justice needs to be served. It's time to man up, fellas, and be held accountable for your actions."
In the wake of Piazza's death the university limited the number of frat. parties with alcohol from 45 to 10 per semester... beer and wine only, served by state-certified bartenders and banned kegs.
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