5th suspect to enter plea in FAMU hazing death

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Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013 9:08 pm | Updated: 2:01 pm, Wed Jan 8, 2014.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A former Florida A&M University band member has agreed to plead no contest to felony hazing in the 2011 death of fellow drum major Robert Champion, averting a pending manslaughter charge.

 

      Prosecutors say that 27-year-old Shawn Turner is expected to enter the plea next week. Felony hazing carries a maximum five-year sentence, but the agreement likely would substantially reduce the penalty. Turner's attorney was in court Friday to argue a motion contesting Turner's second-degree manslaughter charge.

 

      Turner is the fifth of more than a dozen accused former FAMU band members to enter pleas. Champion died in November 2011 after collapsing following what prosecutors said was a savage beating during a hazing ritual on a bus parked in an Orlando parking lot. Band members allegedly ran Champion through a gauntlet following a football game.

 

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