A former Florida A&M band member alleged to have orchestrated a hazing ritual that led to the November 2011 death of 26-year-old drum major Robert Champion has been sentenced to 77 months in prison, according to multiple reports.
Dante Martin, 27, was convicted of manslaughter and felony hazing in October.
Other former band members that have been implicated in the case face probation and community service, but Martin is the first to be sent to prison. Twelve members were initially charged with manslaughter and 10 with felony hazing.
Other band members reportedly will stand trial later this year.
BREAKING: Ringleader in FAMU drum major's hazing death gets 6-plus years, 1st to get prison time in case.— The Associated Press (@AP) January 9, 2015