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Judge changes jail into house arrest for 3rd in frat death

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FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, a bicyclist rides past Pennsylvania State University’s shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in State College, Pa. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday, May 1, 2018, that state prosecutors are dropping involuntary manslaughter and assault charges against five Penn State fraternity brothers related to the […]

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge is letting another former Penn State fraternity member serve his sentence on home confinement instead of in jail in the 2017 death of a pledge.

Former Beta Theta Pi member Luke Visser was resentenced Wednesday to 45 days of home confinement and six months of probation, instead of two months to six months in jail.

Centre County Judge Brian Marshall resentenced two other former Beta Theta Pi members last month, changing their jail sentences to home confinement.

Visser pleaded guilty to hazing charges surrounding the 2017 death of sophomore engineering major Tim Piazza of New Jersey.

Twenty-eight members of the now-shuttered fraternity have faced charges. Most pleaded guilty to hazing- and alcohol-related counts and received probation and community service.

The case prompted Pennsylvania to rewrite its anti-hazing law.


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