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Florida A&M Hazing Case: Brian Jones, first defendant charged in hazing death of drum major Robert Champion, set to be sentenced

Florida A&M Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion during a performance at halftime of the game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. Champion became ill and died after a game on November 19, 2011. AP Photo/Don Juan Moore

Florida A&M Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion during a performance at halftime of the game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. Champion became ill and died after a game on November 19, 2011.
AP Photo/Don Juan Moore

(CBS/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. -- Brian Jones, the first of a dozen defendants charged in last year's hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major, will be sentenced on a third-degree felony charge.

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Judge Marc Lubet will sentence Jones on Monday. The 23-year-old entered a no-contest plea Oct. 9 after initially pleading not guilty.

In agreeing to the plea deal, Lubet said Jones' role in the hazing death of Robert Champion was relatively minimal. Lubet said Jones did not beat or hit Champion.

Champion died in November after being beaten by fellow band members during a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after a football game.

Eleven other FAMU band members face felony hazing charges. Another band member faces a misdemeanor count for hazing.

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

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