1st defendant sentenced in FAMU hazing case

Published On: Oct 22 2012 03:27:42 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2012 03:30:47 PM EDT

Brian Jones


The first of a dozen defendants to be sentenced in last year's hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major has avoided jail time but will spend more than two years under close supervision.

Brian Jones was sentenced at the hearing Monday to six months of community control, which puts strict limits on his freedom and requires frequent check-ins with probation officials. Following that, he'll serve two more years of probation. He's also required to perform 200 hours of community service.

The 23-year-old from Parrish, Fla., had entered a no-contest plea Oct. 9 to a third-degree felony charge after initially pleading not guilty.

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

Champion died last November after being beaten by fellow band members during a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after a football game.


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