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Attorney General’s Office Files Motion To Set Restitution In Piazza Case

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office recommended more than $220,000 in restitution for the Piazza family following their son Tim’s death related to a hazing incident at the Beta Theta Pi house in February 2017.

The restitution constitutes hospital bills, as Piazza was originally taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center before being airlifted to Hershey Medical Center, and funeral costs.

The motion filed on Monday in Centre County includes six former Beta Theta Pi brothers — Michael Bonatucci, Nicholas Kubera, Joshua Kurczewski, Jonah Neuman, Joseph Sala, and Luke Visser — who were originally ordered to pay $1 each to the Piazza family while an actual restitution amount would be set at a later date.

The Attorney General’s Office claims the court should not be legally permitted to delay setting a restitution amount and is filing the motion to set an amount for each of the six defendants at a hearing before Thursday, May 2.

On top of various fines and community service hours, three of these defendants were the first former Beta Theta Pi brothers to receive jail time with their guilty pleas to counts of hazing and conspiracy to commit hazing. Bonatucci received a sentence of 30 days in jail. Visser received two to six months in jail. Kurczewski, who also pleaded guilty to a count of furnishing alcohol to a minor, received three to nine months in jail.

Kubera, Neuman, and Sala each pleaded guilty to three counts of hazing and one count of conspiracy to commit hazing. On top of various fines and community service, Sala was sentenced three months of house arrest, while Kubera and Neuman received 60 days of house arrest.

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Mackenzie Cullen

Mackenzie is a sophomore and one of Onward State's co-news editors. She is from Minersville, PA and can be found trying to explain exactly where that is. She loves musicals, volleyball, and Irving's iced lattes. You can follow her Twitter (@MackenzieC__) or email her ([email protected]).

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