Defendant awaiting punishment in FAMU case to be sentenced

Source: WKMG

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A former FAMU band member who’s been awaiting his punishment for more than two years for his role in a drum major’s hazing death is set to be sentenced.

Caleb Jackson is scheduled to appear before Judge Marc Lubet on Tuesday. The 26-year-old pleaded no contest to manslaughter and felony hazing in 2013 for his role in death of Robert Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia. Jackson faces 35 years in prison.

A judge previously gave Jackson prison time after his arrest in Champion’s case, for violating his probation in an unrelated battery case.

Fifteen former FAMU band members were charged in Champion’s death. One received six years in prison, and another was given a year in county jail.  Most were sentenced to combinations of community service and probation.

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