Ex-FAMU band member gets jail for Robert Champion hazing death

By: CBS
By: CBS

Orlando, Fl (CBS) - A former Florida A&M band member has become the first person to be sentenced to jail time for his role in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

Jessie Baskin was sentenced Friday to 51 weeks in the county jail, five years of probation and 300 hours of community service for participating in the beating death of Champion, 26, in November 2011.

Champion of Decatur, Ga., died during a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.
Prosecutors say band members beat him with fists and instruments.

Baskin had faced up to nine years in prison after pleading no contest to manslaughter in November.

Judge Marc Lubet says he thought the 22-year-old Baskin was remorseful and hoped a year in jail will get the word out that "hazing will not be tolerated."

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