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Charges in 2011 hazing death upgraded to manslaughter

Prosecutors have upgraded to manslaughter the charges facing 10 former Florida A&M University band members in the 2011 hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office has notified all the defendants that they would be charged with manslaughter in addition to felony hazing. Manslaughter, a second-degree felony in Florida, is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Last spring, the 10 were charged with felony hazing, a third-degree felony.

Earlier: Lack of internal controls at Florida A&M contributed to hazing culture.
Also: First defendant in Florida A&M hazing death gets probation.

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