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Newsletter > June 2015 > "Manslaughter Convictions in Florida A&M Band Death"
Manslaughter Convictions in Florida A&M Band Death
Tim Burke, Manley Burke, email@example.com
On Friday, April 24, 2015, Aaron Golson, Benjamin McNamee and Darryl Cearnel, the last three Florida A&M University band members charged in the hazing death of Robert Champion, removed their suit jackets as they were handcuffed and removed from the courtroom following their conviction for manslaughter and felony hazing. They will be sentenced in June and could receive as much as 15 years for manslaughter and five years for hazing.
The President of Bus C, where Robert Champion was beaten by his fellow band members in a hazing right known as Crossing Bus C, Dante Martin, was previously convicted and sentenced to six years in prison (as reported in the January 2015 edition of Fraternal Law). The three most recent convictions appear to be the end of the criminal prosecutions of some 15 students who had been on the bus and engaged in the beating of Champion. Most of the others were given probation and community service as their sentences.
State Attorney Jeff Ashton was quoted in an April 5, 2015 ABC news report as saying “There is no real joy in any of this for anyone. The only great thing that hopefully will come of this is that young people will take a lesson from this and understand that the hazing laws are serious and they have serious consequences in everybody’s life … hazing has got to stop.”