Ex-FAMU band member sentenced in hazing death

Published On: Mar 28 2014 09:50:08 AM EDT
Updated On: Mar 28 2014 04:46:28 PM EDT

Champion Family

ORLANDO, Fla. -

A former Florida A&M band member became 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 to 1 year in jail, 5 years probation and 300 hours of community service 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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