BELLEFONTE, Pa. – A former Penn State fraternity member awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to charges filed following a pledge’s death after a night of drinking and hazing last year.
Joseph Ems Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor hazing and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
He was charged as a result of the investigation into the death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey.
Piazza suffered severe head and abdominal injuries in February 2017, the night he consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol at the Beta Theta Pi house.
Ems, a 22-year-old who lives in Philadelphia, is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 27.
He’s the second member of the now-closed fraternity to plead guilty.
The other was sentenced last week to house arrest and probation for four counts of hazing and five alcohol-related violations.