Sentencing delayed for man awaiting punishment in FAMU case
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A former Florida A&M University band member who’s been awaiting his punishment for more than two years for his role in a drum major’s hazing death has had his sentencing postponed for a second time.
Caleb Jackson was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after an initial postponement last month. Sentencing was delayed again because state attorney Jeff Ashton is overseeing the penalty phase of an unrelated murder trial and was unavailable to attend. Jackson’s sentencing has been rescheduled for next week.
The 26-year-old pleaded no contest to manslaughter and hazing in 2013 for his role in the 2011 death of Robert Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia. Jackson faces 35 years in prison.
Fifteen former band members were charged in Champion’s death. Most were sentenced to community service and probation