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Most serious charges dropped in Beta Theta Pi hazing death

BELLEFONTE, Pa. - The most serious charges in the hazing death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza have been dropped.

Prosecutors say they still plan to pursue involuntary manslaughter charges in the case, but the assault charges and the lengthy prison sentences that go with them are no more.

Piazza, 19, from Hunterdon County, New Jersey, died in 2017 inside the now-closed Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

The most serious charges in the case were thrown out by a judge in September but a county prosecutor had refiled them.

Prosecutors are still reviewing the case. 


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