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District Attorney Refiles Felony Charges Against Defendants In Piazza Death

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller refiled felony charges against the former members of Beta Theta Pi today, following through on her word after the dismissal of the most serious charges in the case. The District Attorney’s Office will file a motion to request for the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas to assign a different District Judge than District Judge Allen Sinclair.

A grand jury recommended charges in May against 18 individuals following the February death of student Tim Piazza after a night of drinking and hazing at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

Preliminary hearings spanned most of the summer intermittently, but ultimately District Judge Allen Sinclair chose to dismiss the most serious charges — including all felonies filed in the case — in September. The remaining charges — mostly reckless endangerment, furnishing alcohol to minors, and hazing — bound over are headed to the Court of Common Pleas and toward trial.

Parks Miller refiled every single count of aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter that had been originally charged against eight of the defendants.

Refiled charges are as follows:

Brendan Young

  • aggravated assault
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • simple assault
  • recklessly endangering another person (36 counts)
  • hazing (36 counts)
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor (34 counts)

 

Daniel Casey

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • hazing (36 counts)
  • recklessly endangering another person (36 counts)
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor (34 counts)

 

Jonah Neuman

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • recklessly endangering another person (11 counts)
  • furnishing alcohol to minors (9 counts)
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor (9 counts)

 

Nick Kubera

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • recklessly endangering another person (8 counts)
  • furnishing alcohol to minors (7 counts)
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor (7 counts)

 

Michael Bonatucci

  • aggravated assault
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • simple assault
  • furnishing alcohol and liquor law violations (8 counts)
  • recklessly endangering another person (9 counts)
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor (8 counts)

 

Gary DiBileo

  • aggravated assault
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • simple assault

 

Luke Visser

  • aggravated assault
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • simple assault

 

Joe Sala

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • recklessly endangering another person (14 counts)
  • furnishing alcohol to minors (10 counts)
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor (10 counts)

 

Michael Angelo Schiavone

  • recklessly endangering another person (13 counts)
  • furnishing alcohol to minors (12 counts)
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor (12 counts)

 

Lars Kenyon

  • recklessly endangering another person (14 counts)
  • furnishing alcohol to minors (12 counts)
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor (12 counts)

 

Parker Yochim

  • recklessly endangering another person (14 counts)

 

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