Defendant awaiting punishment in FAMU case to be sentenced
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A former Florida A&M University 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 be sentenced Friday after it was postponed twice in the past month. The 26-year-old pleaded no contest to manslaughter and hazing in 2013 for his role in the 2011 death of Robert Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia. Jackson faces 35 years in prison.
A judge previously gave Jackson four years in prison after his arrest in Champion's case, for violating probation in an unrelated battery case.
Fifteen former band members were charged in Champion's death. One received six years in prison, and another served a year in county jail. Most were sentenced to community service and probation.