Timothy Piazza death: comment on potential appeals.
Three former Penn State fraternity brothers who were charged after a pledge’s death have received jail sentences.
Centre County Judge Brian Marshall set minimum sentences Tuesday ranging from 30 days to three months for Michael Bonatucci, Luke Visser and Joshua Kurczewski, all former brothers of Beta Theta Pi who were investigated after Timothy Piazza’s alcohol-fueled death in February 2017.
Of about one dozen former fraternity brothers sentenced in connection with the matter, only Bonatucci, Visser and Kurczewski have been ordered to serve jail time, although others have yet to hear their sentences. Marshall also sentenced former member Joseph Sala on Tuesday, giving him three months of house arrest.
Defense attorneys wouldn’t immediately comment on potential appeals.
“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 said.
Jim and Evelyn Piazza both read a statement Marshall before the sentencings. They described the difficulty of living without their son and the “death sentence” that they said was handed down by former brothers.
Jim Piazza said the men were “individual players in a larger cast, but they knew the script,” while Evelyn Piazza said she looks forward to sleeping because her dreams are the only time she can see her son.
Kline said they remain committed to eradicating hazing.
Marshall called Timothy Piazza’s death an “unspeakable tragedy.” The judge also commended the Piazzas for their work against hazing, which he said helps communities better understand the problem.