Florida A&M drew intense criticism over the hazing death of their drum major, Robert Champion in 2011. Champion’s death resulted in the firing of the university’s president–who claimed to be resigning– and the university’s band director.
Now one of the band members that were involved in the hazing Brian Jones, 23, of Parrish, Florida, plead no contest to the charges against him and was sentenced yesterday, according to the New York Times. Jones sentencing is as follows:
“…six months of community control, which strictly limits freedom with measures including an ankle monitor. He will serve an additional two years of probation and must perform 200 hours of community service.”
Judge Marc Lubet felt that Jones participation in the crime was minimal. But as expected, Champion’s parents were not happy with this verdict. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pam Champion, the victim’s mother, carried a picture of her son to the podium with her as she spoke directly to the defendant saying:
“You and I know that’s not true. You played a critical role…You won’t be able to put it out if your mind…It will haunt you,” she told Jones.
Jones’ case is only one of 12 defendants that will take the stand. Eleven other band members are awaiting trial.
Read more on the beginning case here.