Dibileo Pleads Guilty in PSU Hazing Trial

BELLEFONTE, Pa. --  A former Penn State fraternity brother from Scranton pleaded guilty in the hazing death of a pledge.

Gary Dibileo II, the son of Lackawanna County's controller, entered his plea Thursday morning at the courthouse in Bellefonte.

The death last year of sophomore Timothy Piazza changed Greek life on Penn State's campus probably forever. Piazza died in February 2017.

Authorities describe a gauntlet-type obstacle course inside the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house where pledges were forced to drink.

Dibileo, according to the Centre Daily Times, was manning one station where pledges drank wine from a bag.

Piazza, prosecutors say, consumed 18 drinks in less than 90 minutes before falling headfirst down the basement steps of the frat house.

The newspaper cites text messages revealed in court showing Dibileo wanted to get medical help for Piazza, but his view was not supported by other fraternity members.

His plea, along with that of another brother today, brings to 8 the number of Beta Theta Pi members who have pleaded guilty for the roles in Piazza's death.

Ryan Burke of Scranton was the first to plead guilty over the summer.

He admitted to hazing charges and was sentenced to house arrest, probation, community service, and thousands of dollars in fines.

A sentencing date for Dibileo has not been set.

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3 comments

  • supercalifragilisticexpialidocious75528113

    Hazing has been going on for decades, everyone knows that, and if you want to belong to fraternity you are going to have to go through the ritual, I am not condoning it, however it is a well known practice.
    Piazza and thousands of others have risked their lives and health just to be a part of a fraternity, all are old enough to know the risks, and they take that risk just to BELONG.

    It is no different than the casting couch which has been going on for decades also.
    They do it for a reason and then when something goes wrong, they blame the other, even though they were a willing participant and knew that it was wrong.
    And then the vulture Ambulance chasers come out of the woodwork.

  • Dicky Ball

    We are Penn State! So much for protecting your brother. You got away with murder. Your sugar daddy will pay the restitution. Your life will be spared, but his life was stolen by you, a liability and detrimental criminal element to society. Simpletons like you should experience a premature demise.