NationNation Now

Ex-FAMU band member gets 1 year in hazing death

HazingRobert Champion

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A former Florida A&M University 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 said 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.”

Follow LATimes National on Facebook

Follow L.A. Times National News on Facebook


Police can stop vehicles based on anonymous 911 tips, justices rule

Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

For Las Vegas mermaid, run-in with a ray is all in a day's work

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
HazingRobert Champion
  • FAMU hazing death
    FAMU hazing death

    Robert Champion, Florida A&M University drum major, shown in 2011, was killed in November of that year in a hazing incident. Former university band member Jessie Baskin has been sentenced to a year in jail in Champion's death.

  • Alaska Senate race becomes most expensive campaign in state's history
    Alaska Senate race becomes most expensive campaign in state's history

    The local official introducing the candidate eventually got around to the point — Sen. Mark Begich, standing up for Alaskans, get out the vote — but first he lit into the Koch brothers and what he described as money's power to warp politics.