A Penn state frat member charged in the death of a pledge who died during an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual sent texts to his girlfriend worrying about going to jail, prosecutors alleged Monday.
“Drink hazing can send me to jail,” the ex-frat brother, one of 18 charged in the Feb. 4 death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, allegedly texted. “I don’t want to go to jail for this.”
“I think we are f*cked,” he allegedly wrote.
Piazza died after falling down the stairs on Feb. 2 after a night of drinking as part of a pledge ceremony for Beta Theta Pi, which frat brothers called the “obstacle course.” The brothers did not call 911 until the morning of Feb. 3, 12 hours after Piazza’s fall, the grand jury that indicted the brothers said.
Prosecutors claim that they waited to get help to cover up their drinking and “coordinate a story,” ABC News reported. Texts obtained by prosecutors include requests that the new pledges clean the basement to get rid of signs of alcohol, the prosecutors claim.
"I think after this we could be kicked off,” one frat member texted another, according to the prosecutors.
"When they see the video footage of the obstacle course we will be done,” another said.
"What times did they take tape of?" one of the people involved asked, to which another brother said. "Nah, they took tapes from 7 to 9:30am.
"Fuck yes," the first man said. "We should be good," the second replied.
Prosecutors also alleged that one of the brothers Googled “How will nine drinks in an hour affect a 200-pound guy?”
Eight of the brothers are facing charges for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and hazing, while four are being charged with reckless endangerment and hazing, and six are being charged with evidence tampering.
They are all yet to enter pleas in the case.