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Updated List of Charges in the Beta Theta Pi Case

by on November 13, 2017 8:18 PM

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller held a press conference Monday in Bellefonte to announce new charges against 17 former brothers of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity related to Tim Piazza’s death. Twelve of those charged Monday morning are new defendants in the case, while five of those charged were already facing other charges based on previous evidence.

Eighteen former brothers were originally charged in May. After preliminary hearings, some of those charges — including all felonies — were dismissed by a judge. Many of the dismissed charges have since been refiled by the district attorney’s office.

A total of 26 former brothers of the now-banned fraternity and the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi are now facing charges in the case. Among those, 13 face the most serious charges of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter.

Here is a complete list of all charges currently filed:

Joshua Kurczewski

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • reckless endangering another person
  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor

Ryan Burke

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • reckless endangering  another person
  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor

Johnathan Kanzler

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • reckless endangering another person
  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor
  • consumption of alcohol by a minor

Bohan Song

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • reckless endangering another person
  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor
  • consumption of alcohol by a minor

Aiden O’Brien

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • reckless endangering  another person
  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor
  • consumption of alcohol by a minor

Joseph Ems

  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor 

Brian Gelb

  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor

Patrick Jackson

  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor

Reggie Goeke

  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor

Mike Fernandez

  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor 

Donald Prior

  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor

Braxton Becker

  • tampering with evidence
  • obstructing administration of law
  • hingering apprehension

Luke Visser

  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor
  • aggravated assault
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • simple assault
  • consumption of alcohol by a minor
  • recklessly endangering another person
  • hazing

Gary DiBileo

  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor
  • aggravated assault
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • simple assault
  • hazing
  • consumption of alcohol by a minor
  • recklessly endangering another person

Nick Kubera

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • recklessly endangering another person
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor
  • hazing
  • consumption of alcohol by a minor

Michael Bonatucci

  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor
  • aggravated assault
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • simple assault
  • recklessly endangering another person
  • hazing
  • consumption of alcohol by a minor

Parker Yochim

  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts related to liquor
  • consumption of alcohol by a minor
  • recklessly endangering another person
  • hazing

Brendan Young

  • aggravated assault
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • simple assault
  • recklessly endangering another person (36 counts)
  • hazing (36 counts)
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor (34 counts)
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • tampering with evidence

Daniel Casey

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • hazing
  • recklessly endangering another person
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • consumption of alcohol by a minor
  • tampering with evidence 

Jonah Neuman

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • recklessly endangering another person
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor
  • hazing
  • disorderly conduct
  • consumption of alcohol by a minor

Joe Sala

  • involuntary manslaughter
  • aggravated assault
  • simple assault
  • recklessly endangering another person
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor
  • hazing

Michael Schiavone

  • recklessly endangering another person
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor
  • hazing

Craig Heimer

  • recklessly endangering another person
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor
  • hazing

Lars Kenyon

  • recklessly endangering another person
  • furnishing alcohol to minors
  • unlawful acts relative to liquor
  • hazing 

Ed Gilmartin

  • tampering with evidence 

Ryan Foster

  • tampering with evidence

Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi

  • hazing
  • furnishing alcohol to minors

Some charges include multiple counts of the same offense.



Elissa Hill is an associate editor for Onward State.
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