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Footage Show Penn State Frat Member Drank 18 Drinks In Just Over An Hour

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn. (NBC 10)-  Deleted surveillance footage recovered by the FBI shows Penn State fraternity pledge Tim Piazza was given at least 18 drinks in the span of 1 hour and 22 minutes, the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate reports.

That footage triggered an onslaught of new charges against members of the now-closed Beta Theta Pi fraternity, including involuntary manslaughter, hazing and providing alcohol to a minor, Parks said.

"The prosecution views that as forced drinking," she said. "He never once obtained his own alcohol."

Twelve new defendants were implicated in the case Monday. Fourteen other members of the fraternity previously faced criminal charges in connection with Piazza's death.

 Piazza, 19, of Lebanon, N.J., fell down a set of stairs and suffered fatal injuries on Feb. 9 after prosecutors said pledges were forced to down a dangerous amount of alcohol and were then made to run a “gauntlet” of booze-drinking stations. 

Piazza's father, James Piazza, noted that witnesses and several accused members repeatedly claimed they didn't know what else happened to Tim "beyond what was seen in the upstairs video." He says the new video shows that several people knew exactly what happened.

Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey, died of a fractured skull and other injuries two days after drinking a dangerous amount of alcohol at a pledge ceremony and falling down basement stairs.  He was discovered in the Beta Theta Pi basement the next morning unconscious and with severe head and abdominal injuries.

Security cameras showed Piazza spent an excruciating night in the fraternity as members made half-hearted and even counterproductive efforts to help him, including putting a backpack on Piazza to prevent him from rolling over and choking on his own vomit. 

Police say the video was deleted after fraternity members were made aware that an investigation into Piazza’s death was underway, and police planned to obtain the footage.

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