Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dante Martin sentenced to 6 years, 5 months for “Crossing Bus C” hazing convictions

Dante Martin, an ex-FAMU band member who witnesses said was the ringleader of the deadly “Crossing Bus C” hazing process, received a sentence of six years and five months yesterday.

Back on October 31, 2014, an Orange County, Fla. jury found Martin guilty of manslaughter in the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion, Jr. It also found him guilty of two misdemeanor hazing convictions against former Marching 100 band members Lissette Sanchez and Keon Hollis.

Sanchez and Hollis both identified Martin as the leader of the hazing process.

Martin’s attorneys say they plan to appeal the conviction. According to the Orlando Sentinel, one member of Martin’s legal team “focused the blame on FAMU.”

“Florida A&M University has no business fielding a band,” said Dino Michaels, an attorney for Martin.

The FAMU Marching 100 band has not had any reported incidents of hazing since prosecutors brought charges against Martin and the other defendants who were convicted in the “Crossing Bus C” cases.

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