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First defendant in hazing case sentenced to 2 years probation

Published: Monday, October 22, 2012

Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012 03:10



Brian Jones,23, participant in hazing incident that led to the death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion


Brian Jones has been sentenced to two years probation and six months community service for his role in the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion.

Judge Marc Lubet said that Jones' role in the death was minimal and Jones did not hit or beat Champion.

On Oct. 9 Jones entered a no-contest plea for his involvement after originally pleading not guilty.

Champion died in November as a result of multiple beatings from fellow band members on a bus after the Orlando Classic football game.

Eleven other defendants have trials slated to begin in March.

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