ORLANDO, Fla. – A former band member charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major has pleaded no contest to manslaughter.
Jessie Baskin could become the first person to go to prison for his involvement in the beating of Robert Champion. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton said Wednesday the 22-year-old Baskin was being the most enthusiastic band member participating in the hazing ritual that led to Champion' death.
Ashton says Baskin was beating Champion with his hands and feet.
A deal with prosecutors calls for Baskin to spend nine years in prison, though his attorneys can argue for a lighter punishment when a judge sentences him in February.
Also, 21-year-old Harold Finley pleaded guilty to felony hazing. He was sentenced to one year of house arrest and probation among other things.