December 11, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The roommate of the Florida A&M drum major who died after undergoing a hazing ritual in 2011 won't spend any time in jail for his role in the hazing death.
Rikki Wills was sentenced Friday to one year of house arrest and five years probation. Wills previously pleaded no contest to hazing charges in connection with Robert Champion's death aboard a bus in Orlando.
WFTV reports Wills told Champion's parents he was very sorry for their loss.
Earlier this year, Wills rejected a plea deal from the prosecution and filed a demand for a speedy trial.
Champion died following a football game in November 2011. He collapsed following what prosecutors say was a savage beating. An autopsy showed bruises on his chest, arms, shoulder and back.