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Former Florida A&M band member sentenced to 4 years in 2011 hazing death

Former Florida A&M band member sentenced to 4 years in 2011 hazing death

A former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for his role in a drum major's hazing death.

Judge Marc Lubet announced the sentence for 26-year-old Caleb Jackson, who pleaded no contest to manslaughter and hazing in April 2013 for his part in the death of Robert Champion of Decatur, Ga.

In a plea agreement, the prosecution and the defense had settled on a three-year prison term for Jackson. The statute called for a minimum 10-year sentence and a maximum of 35 years.

Jackson will get credit for more than two years he's already served. With his arrest in Champion's case, a judge found that Jackson violated probation and...

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