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Jesse Baskins could get nine years in jail after plea bargaining in Robert Champion death at Florida A & M

Moderator:  Two defendants accepted plea bargaining rather than go to trial and take the full consequences of a possible manslaughter and Chad Meredith (Florida) Law hazing conviction with 20+ years possible for both.  If anyone continues to even think about beating a pledge or band member in the future, thinking about nine years in prison ought to give real pause. Hank Nuwer

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Band member Harold Finley gets off relatively easy with one year of house arrest.

The prosecutor’s fingers point to Jesse Baskins as perhaps the key beater in the Robert Champion death. Sentencing for him comes later. –Hank Nuwer



By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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