Beta Theta Pi Arraignment

Former Beta Theta Pi brother Joseph Ems exits the Centre County Courthouse with his lawyer after arraignment in Bellefonte, Pa. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Seven other former members of the fraternity were also arraigned on Tuesday.

Just behind the sentencing of former Beta Theta Pi brother Ryan Burke, a second fraternity member looks to enter a guilty plea.

Joseph Ems Jr. will plead guilty on Aug. 8, according to a court document. The judge presiding over court will be Judge Brian Marshall, who sentenced Burke yesterday.

Ems, 22, is currently charged with one count of hazing and one count of unlawful acts relative to liquor, malt and brewed beverages and licenses bound over, as previously reported by the Collegian.

Burke, the first former fraternity brother to plead guilty, was sentenced to three months house arrest.

In addition, Burke, 21, also received 27 months probation and $27,000 in fines on the basis of nine charges — including four counts of hazing, as previously reported by the Collegian.


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