No jail for student in FAMU hazing death
Florida A&M University student and band member Robert Champion, 26, died in November.
October 22nd, 2012
03:38 PM ET

No jail for student in FAMU hazing death

One of the students who was involved in the death of Robert Champion during a hazing initiation was sentenced Monday to six months of community control, two years of supervised probation and 200 hours of community service.

Another student had said he saw Bryan Jones holding the Florida A&M University band member in a bear hug.

Jones, who had previously pleaded not guilty before changing his plea to no contest, was sentenced on a charge of felony hazing resulting in death. The judge said if Jones didn't abide by the sentencing order he would face up to 72 months in a state penitentiary.

Jones will be required to document where he is going and make requests for trips under community control, which is the highest form of probation you can receive. It falls short of house arrest.

Champion died after taking part in a band hazing ritual that eventually led to his death. The ritual, known as crossing the bus, is an initiation process in which pledges attempt to run down the center aisle from the front door of the bus to the back while being punched, kicked and assaulted by senior members, band members have said.

Champion collapsed in Orlando on the bus, which was carrying members of FAMU's Marching 100 after a November football game that included a halftime performance by the group.

The medical examiner's office ruled his death a homicide and said Champion "collapsed and died within an hour of a hazing incident during which he suffered multiple blunt trauma blows to his body." An autopsy found "extensive contusions of his chest, arms, shoulder and back" as well as "evidence of crushing areas of subcutaneous fat."

WFTV reporter Daralene Jones tweeted that Jones corrected the spelling of his name to "Brian" instead of "Bryan" while in court on Monday after various spellings had been used. CNN is looking to confirm the spelling.


soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Michelle Flaherty

    This one time... at band camp...

    October 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LOL Sick Priorities

    Lesson learned; hazing your friends to death is more acceptable than smoking pot.

    October 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Adam

    What a waste of tax money. This dude isn't going to do this again. This does nothing. Might as well just give him community service and save probation for those who really deserve it.

    October 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. snowdogg

    hey, it was only a childish prank

    October 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lovaticforever

    the person. who did this should be sent to prison. because its murder it may not be Intentional but its still murder

    October 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rattler05

    1.) The last time I checked I was an adult when I went to college. I never needed to consult my parents about signing a form.
    2.) I thought his parents were genuine in their pursuit of justice. But when they tried to spin the situation as a hate crime by outing their late son. I lost all respect for them. Their true intentions showed.
    3.) His last name is Champion.

    October 24, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. me

    Oh no! Not six months of community control, two years of supervised probation and 200 hours of community service >.< How will he ever pick up the pieces and move on with his wonder why people commit more and more crimes, our justice system is a joke

    October 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
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