FAMU band leader sentenced to prison for hazing death

A former band leader at Florida A&M University will have to serve the next six years of his life in prison for the hazing death of a fellow band member. Dante Martin, 27, and 15 other FAMU band members were charged for the death of Robert Champion while hazing him in 2011. Prosecutors said Martin […]

Former FAMU band member convicted

An ex-FAMU band member was convicted this past Friday (Oct. 31) of manslaughter in relation to a hazing ritual known as “Crossing Bus C” that resulted in the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion in 2011. According to prosecutors, Dante Martin, 27, was known among the group as “the president of Bus C,” and was responsible […]

Ex-FAMU band member sentenced in Robert Champion hazing death

One of the former Florida A&M University band members who beat Robert Champion in the infamous hazing homicide was sentenced on Friday to a year in jail. Jessie Baskin became the first FAMU student to be sentenced to jail time for his role in the hazing death of the drum major when he was ordered to […]

12 FAMU band members charged with murder

Twelve former band members now face charges of manslaughter in the 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion. State Attorney Jeff Ashton also filed charges against two more band members. The new charges were announced at a hearing Monday. Last spring, 10 band members were charged with third-degree felony hazing. If convicted, each will result in […]

FAMU Marching Band Suspended Another Year

The fate of the FAMU “Marching 100” has finally been decided. According to The Associated Press, FAMU’s famed marching band is being suspended until2013. The announcement was made Monday by the school’s president, James Ammons, at a meeting of the university’s board of trustees. During the meeting Ammons said that he wanted to ensure a […]

FAMU Band Director Steps Down, Pressure Mounting to Keep Band Suspended

The fate of the FAMU Marching 100 is in question now that their famed band director has stepped down. On Thursday, 71-year-old  Julian White announced through his attorneys that he has decided to retire and spend more time with his family. White, the longtime leader of the embattled band, was briefly suspended from his position […]

13 FAMU Band Members Charged With Killing Robert Champion

The Florida A&M band members responsible for brutally beating Robert Champion on a band bus have been charged with felony and misdemeanor hazing. In total, 13 FAMU students have been charged. Eight students were charged with felony hazing for inflicted the most sever physical punishment on Champion. Florida State Attorney Lawson Lamar said 11 of the […]

Multiple Charges to Be Filed in FAMU Band Hazing Death

Several Florida A&M University band members will be charged in the November hazing death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando, Orange County authorities says. Prosecutors expect to file charges ranging from felonies to misdemeanors. In related news involving the FAMU band band, two music professors have left the university over a 2010 hazing at one […]

FAMU Student Robert Champion Killed by Hazing: 4 Other Major Hazing Cases

Robert Champion, the FAMU band member whose sudden death last month caused a national uproar, was killed exactly the way many believed and had feared he had: his death was caused by the trauma resulting from a severe hazing beating he received from fellow band members, the state medical examiner’s office has ruled. In what […]

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