Today four former Penn State Beta Theta Pi brothers pleaded guilty to actions stemming from the night of pledge Timothy Piazza’s death.
Some brothers also received their sentencing today.
Our Evan Hinkley was inside the Centre County Courthouse for the proceedings,
Three out of the four brothers to plead guilty today were also sentenced.
It’s worth noting that these three brothers came into court today facing a combined total of 22 charges, but were sentenced for five of those charges.
Michael Fernandez, 24, plead guilty to one count of hazing and was sentenced to a year of probation, a $250 fine, 100 hours of community service, and no contact with former pledge Matthew Saluga.
Brian Gelb, 20, plead guilty to one count of hazing and unlawful acts related to liquor. He was sentenced to a year of probation, $1,500 in fines, and 100 hours of community service.
Donald Prior, 23, also plead guilty to one count of hazing and unlawful acts related to liquor and sentenced to a year of probation, $1,500 in fines, 100 hours community service, and no contact with former pledges Nick Krane and Keegan Raulis.
These three were not sentenced for actions connected to Timothy Piazza.
The fourth brother in court today was 20-year-old Joseph Sala, who was the Assistant Pledge Master, the night of Piazza’s death plead guilty to three counts of hazing and one count of conspiracy to commit hazing.
His sentencing is scheduled for March 26.
There are many more details to the pleas and sentences handed down today, including each brother’s actions the night of Piazza’s death
We’ll have more on why the state Attorney General’s office accepted guilty pleas for fewer charges for each brother tonight at WTAJ News at 5 and 6.