FAMU band member gets probation for role in death of Robert Champion

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WTXL) -- Another former member of Florida A&M University's Marching 100 has been sentenced for their role in the 2011 hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. 

Jarrod Deas was given a sentence of 5 years probation and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to a charge of hazing causing injury or death in exchange for manslaughter charges to be dropped.

Champion's parents, Pam and Robert senior, were in the Central Florida courtroom Friday as the sentence was handed down. On the stand, Pam told Deas "I have no hate for you...you have to live with the fact that you killed my son."

He was killed during a band trip to Orlando. Investigators say Champion, 26 at the time of his death in November 2011, was brutally beaten to death by fellow band members during a hazing ritual called "Crossing Bus C". The ritual entailed Champion, and others, to run from the front of the bus to the back of the bus while being hit by other band members.

Deas is the latest to be sentenced for having a role in the November 2011 hazing death of Robert Champion.

In March former band member Jerrie Baskin was the first of the 15 defendants in the case to receive jail time after being sentenced to one year in jail.

Baskin, 22, was facing a possible near year prison term after pleading no contest to manslaughter charges in connection to his role in Champion's death. He was killed during a hazing ritual in November 2011 on a bus outside of the Rosen Hotel in Orlando. This took place during a band trip to the Florida Classic football game.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Baskin offered a tearful apology during sentencing.

"Nobody ever intended for this to happen," Baskin said to Champion's parents, who traveled from Georgia for the hearing. "We know Robert and he was a good man. I apologize that this happened and I apologize that I was a part of it." "I know how bad it affected you. I see my mom go through this every day 'cause all this affects her... I'm still not over it. It still affects me too."

A total of 15 band members, including Baskin and Deas, were charged in connection with Champions death, however Baskin was the first to receive actual jail time. Eight have received probation and community services while charges were dismissed against one and another is still awaiting sentencing. Four other defendants are awaiting trial in the case.

"There is no hatred here," said Pam Champion, Robert Champion's mother told the court, according to Orlando Sentinel. "Clearly the sentence doesn't fit what was done, and clearly, again, another (missed) opportunity to send a strong message ... But this is nothing new. This is what I've been getting every time I come here."