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PSU Frat Member Pleads Guilty in Connection to Timothy Piazza's Death

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One of the 24 fraternity members facing charges in the hazing death of 19-year-old Penn State student Timothy Piazza pleads guilty. 

For Ryan Burke, a day in court like no other for the more than two dozen co-defendants charged in the hazing death of Timothy Piazza. Burke admitting guilt in piazza's death. 

"Mr. Burke decided to step forward. His earliest opportunity to acknowledge and accept his responsibility. We didn't ask for a plea agreement, none was offered. We didn't think that was appropriate. We came to court, we acknowledge responsibility and he is prepared to be sentenced," said Attorney Philip Masorti.

In the courtroom, Burke's attorney telling Center County Judge Brian Marshall they were well aware of the police evidence. That they had seen the tape, referring to the video recovered from inside Beta Theta Pi Fraternity house the night of February 2017 initiation event where police say the alcohol-fueled hazing led to Piazza's death. 

Among the four counts of hazing that Burke pleaded guilty to is one directly tied to Piazza that Burke handed him a bottle of vodka that night.  Prosecutor in the case Assistant Attorney General Brian Zarallo saying he was satisfied with Burke's decision with sentencing scheduled for July 31st. 

The first group of 12 defendants in the case go on trial in August. Burke's guilty plea protects him from facing any additional charges in piazza's death. 

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