Final 3 defendants to be sentenced in FAMU hazing death

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, Associated Press

The final three defendants convicted of hazing in the death of a FAMU drum major are set to be sentenced.

Benjamin McNamee, Aaron Golson and Darryl Cearnel face up to 20 years in prison Friday after being convicted in April of manslaughter and hazing in the beating death of Robert Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia.

Attorneys for all three men have asked Judge Renee Roche in court filings to deviate from imposing a maximum penalty. Roche did so earlier this year when she sentenced hazing ringleader Dante Martin to six and half years in prison. Roche did so because she believed it had been demonstrated that Champion was a “willing participant in the hazing ritual.

Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of nine years in Martin’s case.