Piazza drank heavily on the night of a bid acceptance ceremony, consuming several times the legal limit of alcohol, according to multiple media outlets. He was killed in a series of falls, and his death was captured on the house’s video security system.
The student suffered severe head and abdominal injuries. He ended up in the basement the next morning, but it took members 40 minutes to call for help after finding him injured and unconscious.
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Prosecutors said Bonatucci and the other men sentenced Tuesday were involved in providing alcohol to pledges and pressuring them to drink, media outlets reported. The 2016 Woodstock High School graduate pleaded guilty to three counts of hazing and one count of conspiracy to commit hazing in January.
In a sentencing memo filed March 26, Bonatucci’s attorney, Rocco Cipparone, said his client did not know Piazza and left before he fell down the fraternity’s steps.
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Cipparone said Bonatucci is now enrolled at Kennesaw State University after taking a disciplinary withdrawal from his “dream school.”
Juliana Piazza, a cousin of Timothy Piazza, is also a student at KSU. She works with Parents United to Stop Hazing to combat hazing in Greek life.
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In addition to jail time, Bonatucci was ordered to pay a $1,750 fine, perform 100 hours of community service and complete two years of probation.
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