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Florida A&M Band Hazing Case: Two plead no contest in Bria Hunter beating

Florida A&M marching band members (from left) Aaron Golson, James Harris and Sean Hobson, who were charged Dec. 12, 2011 in the beating of a woman during hazing rituals that became so severe that her thigh was broken, police said CBS/Getty/Leon County Sherrif's Office

FAMU marching band members (from left) Aaron Golson, James Harris and Sean Hobson.
CBS/Getty/Leon County Sherrif's Office

(CBS/AP) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Two defendants have pleaded no contest to reduced charges of misdemeanor hazing in the beating of a Florida A&M University band member Bria Shante Hunter.

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Aaron Golson and Sean Hobson then were sentenced Thursday in Tallahassee to 30 days in the Leon County Work Camp followed by 12 months of probation.

They had been charged with felony hazing and battery, but the state dropped the battery charges and Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Walters said medical records did not provide the required proof of serious bodily injury.

Action in the case of a third defendant was delayed.

Police say Hunter was beaten and bruised on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Golson also is one of 11 former band members charged with felony hazing in the Nov. 19 death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando.

Complete coverage of the Florida A&M hazing case on Crimesider

  • Crimesider Staff

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