NBC NEWS: Judge Rules No Jail Time In First FAMU Hazing Death Sentencing

Source: Kari Huus / NBC News

The first of 12 defendants in the deadly hazing case of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion was sentenced by an Orlando court on Monday.

Brian Jones, 23, avoided a jail term, but was sentenced to six months of community supervision — a strict monitoring arragement that requires an ankle monitor and frequent check-ins with probation officials — followed by two years of probation. He is also required to do 200 hours of community service, The Associated Press reported.

The band had traveled to Orlando from Tallahassee to perform at a football game when the fellow band members subjected Champion to a severe beating on the bus — in a ritual called “crossing Bus C” — which caused him to fall unconscious, and then die, on Nov. 19, 2011.

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