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Ex-FAMU Band Member Gets 1 Year In Hazing Death

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: March 28, 2014, 4:25pm

By KYLE HIGHTOWER

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- 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 a drum major.

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 26-year-old Robert Champion 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 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."


Associated Press News Release
By KYLE HIGHTOWER

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A former Florida A&M band member could become the first to be sentenced to jail time for his role in the hazing death of a drum major.

Jessie Baskin faces nine years when sentenced Friday for participating in the beating death of Robert Champion in November 2011 during a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.

Champion -- originally from Decatur, Ga. -- collapsed and died after prosecutors said he walked down the aisle of a bus as other band members beat him with fists and instruments.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton described the 22-year-old Baskin as being "most-consistently identified as the most enthusiastic" band member in the hazing ritual.

Baskin pleaded no contest to manslaughter, though his attorneys can argue for a lighter punishment.


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