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2 at Florida A&M ID'd as hazing victims

May 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM   |   Comments

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ORLANDO, Fla., May 8 (UPI) -- Two more Florida A&M University band members were identified as victims of hazing aboard the bus in which Robert Champion was severely beaten, officials said.

The charges involving the victims, Lissette Sanchez and Keon Hollis, are misdemeanors, which suggests they were not severely abused on the bus, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. Documents provided no further details of the alleged hazing.

Eleven current or former members of the band are to be arraigned on felony hazing charges June 14 in the death of Champion. The 26-year-old drum major was repeatedly beaten, kicked and choked on the bus in November outside an Orlando hotel after a football game at the Citrus Bowl, where the band performed.

All except one of the 11 felony defendants have been released after posting $15,000 bond. A judge denied bail for Caleb Jackson, who had been on probation for battery, the Sentinel said.

Rikki Wills, 24, of Miami has been charged with misdemeanor hazing of Hollis, and Harold Finley, 20, of Riviera Beach has been charged with misdemeanor hazing of Sanchez. Wills and Finley are among the 11 charged with felony hazing in Champion's death.

Under Florida's anti-hazing law, which the Sentinel called one of the nation's toughest, a felony act of hazing causes "serious bodily injury or death," a misdemeanor "substantial risk of physical injury."

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