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.

By SI Wire
January 09, 2015

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.

In the wake of the hazing scandal, the band was suspended and its director retired. The band, known as the Marching 100, is renowned for pioneering methods adopted by other bands around the nation.

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