FAMU Drum Major Sentenced

Source: Stephen Hudak / Orlando Sentinel

Former FAMU drum major Rikki Wills apologized to Robert Champion‘s parents today for his role in the fatal hazing of their son and then received five years probation.

Wills, who was Champion’s roommate at Florida A&M University, also was ordered to serve a year of community control, a sanction similar to house arrest.

He and Shawn Turner, who will be sentenced later today, were two of the six student leaders of FAMU’s Marching 100 in November 2011. They insist they were trying to shield fellow drum major Champion from the blows that killed him during the ritual aboard a charter bus parked at the Rosen Plaza hotel in Orlando.

Turner is not expected to draw a prison sentence either, assistant state attorney Nicole Pegues said.

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