First defendant in Florida A&M hazing death gets probation

Oct. 23, 2012
23-year-old man had pleaded guilty in connection with a 2011 fatal beating of a fellow band member

From The Orlando Sentinel: The first of a dozen former members of Florida A&M University's marching band has been sentenced in connection with the fatal hazing of drum major Robert Champion. Brian Jones, 23, a percussionist who had pleaded no contest to a felony-hazing charge, was placed on probation for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. Champion, 26, died Nov. 19 after being beaten aboard a band bus parked outside an Orlando hotel. The band was in town to perform at a football game.

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