ORLANDO, FLA. — On Friday, Jan. 9, Dante Martin, former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced to six years in prison.
Martin was charged with manslaughter and hazing in the death of drum major, 26-year-old, Robert Champion from Decatur, Georgia.
Martin is the first of 15 band members to stand trial for Champion’s death.
Judge Renee Roche convicted Martin in October and sentenced him to 77 months in prison for being the ringleader in the hazing incident.
Other band members involved in the hazing received community service and probation. Former band member, Jessie Baskin plead no contest to manslaughter charges and received 51 weeks in county jail. Three other band members have trials set for April.
Above Photo of Robert Champion taken by Don Juan Moore