Second Frat Brother Enters Guilty Plea


  (WBRE/WYOU-TV)  UPDATE: 22-year-old Joseph Ems, Junior pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hazing and furnishing alcohol to minor charges Wednesday.
     He was originally facing reckless endangerment charges.
     Investigators say he threw a shoe at 19-year-old Timothy Piazza after he had fallen down a flight of steps during a night of drinking at the Beta Theta Pi house.
     Piazza later died from severe head and abdominal injuries.
     In Ems’ guilty plea — there was no mention of any crimes related to Piazza’s death.
     Instead, his current charges stem from his giving another pledge of a bottle of vodka and tilting it up while he drank it.

   Ems will be sentenced in September,.

A second Penn State fraternity member is expected to enter a guilty plea on Wednesday.
    22-year-old Joseph Ems Junior is charged with one count of hazing and one count of unlawful acts relative to liquor.
    Prosecutors allege Ems forced alcohol on a  Beta Theta Pledge.
  They say it happened the same night and the same event Timothy Piazza fell and died, but he’s not accused of having a role in Piazza’s death. 
    The guilty plea comes just a week after Scranton native Ryan Burke plead guilty and was sentenced to three months house arrest.

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