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NBC New York: Sentencing for Beta Theta Pi, PSU

Reprint from NBC New York

Sentencing Expected for Ex-Penn State Frat Brother Guilty of Hazing Death

The former house manager of a Penn State fraternity where a pledge fell during a night of hazing and drinking and later died is expected to be sentence Tuesday after he was found guilty of hindering apprehension in May. Braxton Becker, 22, of Niskayuna, New York, was acquitted of evidence tampering and obstruction but prosecutors said he erased security footage from the night that Timothy Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey, died after drinking a large amount of alcohol and falling down a flight of stairs in 2017.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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