FAMU Band Member Gets Probation in Drum Major's Death

By Julie Montanaro
July 11, 2014

A former drum major with FAMU's Marching 100 entered a plea today in the beating death of fellow drum major Robert Champion.

Jarrod Deas plead no contest to felony charges of hazing causing death. Deas was sentenced to five years probation and 100 hours of community service. Prosecutors dropped manslaughter and misdemeanor hazing charges against him.

Champion's father was angry that Deas did not get jail time and had to be escorted out of the courtroom.

Champion was killed in a hazing ritual called "crossing bus C" outside the band's Orlando hotel in November 2011.

15 people were ultimately charged in connection with his death. Deas is the latest defendant to be sentenced.

According to the state attorney's office, Darryl Cearnel, Aaron Golson, Dante Martin and Benjamin McNamee are scheduled to stand trial in September.

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