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.

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soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. equal for all

    Why are there NO white kids in this marching band? Blacks are 12% of population but 100% of certain marching bands, 90% of NFL starters, 96% of NBA starters, 100% of olympic sprinters. We need affirmative action for whites.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicholas Micciche

      Its an HBCU. I attend FAMU and I am a minority at that school but it is my choice. It is the same reason BYU is mostly white.

      October 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Des

      This whole what about the "whites" is complete crap. The reason why African Americans and every other culture want to separate themselves from everyone else isn't to get back at the "whites". It's to be around people that can appreciate and understand our heritage. The USA is built of immigrants. We need to stop the where's the equality and begin to understand everyone's heritage and customs.

      October 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BIZNESS

      Learn to get some rhythm, and then white people will get in the marching bands...

      Learn to play sports, and then white people will be mostly starters...

      It is true that "African-Americans" have extra muscles in their bodies, so they are "naturally" gifted at running than us other humans...

      You say "African-Americans" are only 12% of the population but why is it that they are over 60% the population in prison??

      October 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ale

      Yes we need affirmative action for whites, blacks are taking over everything! Not only in bands, NFL or as sprinters also scientific and political positions, noble prizes, economists, doctors, tennis players, bikers, baseball, swimming, skaters, skiiers, ballet, music, writers, and, of course CEOs, poor whites!
      Wooooow what an incredibly racist, ignorant and stupid comment!

      October 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmi16

      Those that can do! – Those that can't post innane comments.

      October 23, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. mikeeee

    Who writes this mess? "Another student had said..." (had is redundant); "Champion died after taking part in a band hazing ritual that eventually led to his death" (really...); "...band members have said." (really, really...). Is this just another fake newsie blog?

    October 22, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GianCarlo

    Their muscle mass is a result of working at hard labor as slaves, it has become hereditary. It has become part of their genes. This country, even thou it's 2012 is the most racist country on the face of the earth. Which is amazing considering it is the most religious of people. You would think that being so religious and always quoting Jesus Christ, you'd think they would embrace blacks and us the passion they have for abortion to abolishing racism. All you have to do is look at the attacks President Obama has had to endure because of the color of his skin. Why was he forced to show his birth certificate? Because he is a black man. It was nothing different then being lynched. Shame on you America. I am ashamed to be call myself and AMERICAN!

    October 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Maybe intelligence is inherited by other races and that is why blacks can't compete in education or jobs? All other countries are advanced but not 1 nice black country?

      Missionaries still go to black countries to dig wells. Haiti, ethiopa, uganda, somalia, jamaica, compton, detroit- blacks need other races to have any semblance of civilization.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franchesca

      America is the most racist country on the face of the earth? I think I may die of laughter! You obviously have never visited any other country outside of North America. Try being a black man or woman in China. Tell me how that works out for you.

      October 23, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. GianCarlo

    Their muscle mass is a result of working at hard labor as slaves; it has become hereditary. It has become part of their genes. This country, even thou it's 2012 is the most racist country on the face of the earth. Which is amazing considering it is the most religious of people. You would think that being so religious and always quoting Jesus Christ, you'd think they would embrace blacks and rid this country of racism, with the same passion they have for abortion.. All you have to do is look at the attacks President Obama has had to endure because of the color of his skin. Why was he forced to show his birth certificate? Because he is a black man. It was nothing different then being lynched. Shame on you America. I am ashamed to call myself and AMERICAN!

    October 22, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Carlos

      please don't use heredity if you understand nothing about it. Lamarckism has no evidence supporting it. As it is said: "Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt"

      October 23, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Huh. And what do you think we American (Native) Indians, feel?

      October 23, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. TK

    You have to be kidding me. After a student death, no jail time. There should be repercussions for beating a student to death. Even if it is a bear hug, you are still part of the problem. This only tells kids that they will be protected by the law for these types of actions. So sad.....

    October 22, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. glennwharris

    If it was your child that was hazed 2 death u might want stronger justice. Gdubglenn

    October 22, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rattler05

      But if your child was a Leader in said organization and was charged with upholding all the rules and still participated in the illegal action and ended up dying. I think as parent you failed to teach your child right from wrong and you be quiet.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. glennwharris

    U racists need affirmative action 4 intelligence. U say some extremely stupid things. The need 2 mix ..... Gdubglenn

    October 23, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. OlderNWiser

    I feel so sad for our younger generation. How can you justifiy Death!. He deserves jail time for beating up an fellow band member. There is no justification for this act. We need to STOP saying its ok for someone to hurt another individual for reasons other than to defend yourself. These kids need to look real hard in the mirror before they shot up a school or workplace, then would you be so forgiving!!!!

    October 23, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Ever seen the movie "Fight Club" ( or something like that)?

      October 23, 2012 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. mmi16

    What complete garbage is being espoused!

    October 23, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Imminent

    Stupidity and ignorance are NO EXCUSE for a grown man. Accidental death or not, he is guilty yet he got kid gloves even though he got out of control. Hazing new members just to be in a club or a band is just asinine. Don't these kids feel accomplished enough just making it in to the bands? Stop acting like animals.

    October 23, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. blkwdow

    Sickening... I will never understand why people feel the need to haze others! Or why one would subject themselves to that sort of thing...

    October 23, 2012 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jay

    What do any of these posts have to do with the deceased Robert Champion? May he rest in peace and the rest of you, just rest!

    October 23, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. unowhoitsme

    It was murder! All of the members of the bus attack should be in jail. They ALL threw a punch which contributed to his death.

    October 23, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Personified

    Our forefathers are ultimatly responsible for all the nonsense of prejudice in this God forsaken country. They brought the blacks over and enslaved them. Bred them like cattle for superior genetic types. Then abolished slavery which freed them. Now they are taking over this country and now everybody is responsible for the problem. Wake up and realize that only love for your neighbor can solve this problem of hate between different races and in this case between bandmates. Don't beat on your neighbor, love them before more people die!

    October 23, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Miko

    Nothing is hereditary, you make the choices for what your body does!

    October 23, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
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