Famu Hazing Manslaughter Convicts Will Not Face Prison
Is this fair or foul? Three of the men deemed responsible for the 2011 death of Robert Champion during a band hazing ritual will walk free, instead of serving the prison sentence they could have been set to face.
Three former Florida A&M University band members who were convicted of manslaughter in the brutal 2011 hazing death of drum major Robert Champion have been spared jail, it has emerged.
Benjamin McNamee, 24, Aaron Golson, 22, and 28-year-old Darryl Cearnel were found guilty in April of manslaughter and hazing in relation to Champion’s killing aboard a parked school bus.
But on Friday, they were free to go to their respective homes after being sentenced to only 10 years’ supervised probation by Circuit Judge Renee Roche following an emotional hearing.
Champion, a drum major with FAMU’s famed Marching 100 band, collapsed and died after being pummeled by other members with fists and instruments during a ritual dubbed ‘crossing Bus C’.
McNamee, Golson and Cearnel had faced up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors were seeking a minimum nine-year term for their roles in the death of Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia.
However, Judge Roche said she chose to deviate from that recommendation because of evidence introduced at trial that showed Champion willingly participated in the hazing after a football game.
Do you think the judge was right? We can guarantee that the victim’s family doesn’t…