Less Than A Year For Student’s Role In Hazing Death
(Orlando, FL) A former Florida A &M band members will spend 51 weeks in prison for his role in the death of a fellow student.
Robert Champion, 26, died in November, 2011 after fellow band members beat him to death during a hazing ritual.
In addition to the 51 week sentence, Jessie Baskin will be on probation for five years and need to serve 300 hours of community service.
In all, 15 former members of the band were charged with hazing and manslaughter.
One person pleaded no contest to manslaughter and is awaiting sentencing.
Seven have been sentenced to combinations of probation and community service.
An attorney for Baskin argued Champion was a willing participant in the hazing ritual and the death was an accident.