2 More Defendants Plead in FAMU Hazing Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Two more former band members charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major have accepted plea deals from prosecutors.

Harold Finley pleaded guilty to felony hazing Wednesday in relation to Robert Champion's November 2011 death. In exchange, prosecutors dropped manslaughter and misdemeanor hazing charges against him.

Finley was sentenced to four years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and must complete a hazing course. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told the judge that Finley participated in the hazing of another band member the night Champion died, but was only present for Champion's hazing.

Another former band member, Jessie Baskin, pleaded no contest to manslaughter. He faces up to nine years in prison when he's sentenced in February.

Six remaining defendants scheduled their cases set for trial, but will continue to discuss possible pleas with the prosecutors.


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