Defendant Awaiting Punishment in FAMU Case to be Sentenced

A former Florida A & M University band member is set to be sentenced more than two years after playing a role in a drum major's hazing death.

Caleb Jackson is scheduled to appear before Judge Marc Lubet on Tuesday. The 26-year-old pleaded no contest to manslaughter and felony hazing in 2013 for his role in death of Robert Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia. Jackson faces 35 years in prison.

A judge previously gave Jackson prison time after his arrest in Champion's case, for violating his probation in an unrelated battery case.

Fifteen former FAMU band members were charged in Champion's death. One received six years in prison, and another was given a year in county jail. Most were sentenced to combinations of community service and probation.

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