One of the students who was involved in the death of FAMU Marching Band member 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.
Brian 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, reports CBS.
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 one 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.
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