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NPR News:Penn State Student Given 18 Drinks In 82 Minutes Before Hazing Death, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors have filed new charges against members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State, alleging that newly recovered video shows them serving pledge Timothy Piazza excessive quantities of alcohol. The charges filed Monday — which range from involuntary manslaughter to aggravated assault and hazing — rely on surveillance footage taken during the pledge event connected with the 19-year-old's death.

Piazza received "at least 18 drinks in over 1 hour and 22 minutes," Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said at a news conference Monday, and he "never once obtained any of those drinks for himself. Brothers [in the fraternity] were coming up to him and giving him those drinks."

That same night after the February event, Piazza would drunkenly fall down the stairs and sustain the injuries that led to his death less than two days later.

"When law enforcement initially evaluated the video footage, fraternity brothers led police to believe that the basement cameras had been inoperable on Bid Acceptance Night," Parks Miller's office said in a statement. "However, after later examining one of the DVR surveillance boxes, State College Police uncovered evidence that the basement camera footage had actually been manually deleted just as State College Police were poised to take possession of the recording equipment."

"State College Police sent the box to the FBI, whose agents were able to restore the video from the deleted hard drive," the district attorney's office added.

Prosecutors filed charges against 12 members of the fraternity and added to the already-existing charges against five others. "In all," The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, "25 Beta Theta Pi members now face charges."

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