The death was suspected to be a result of Hazing gone wrong and has brought much attention to the world of “pledging.”
10 of those 12 individuals were previously charged with felony hazing resulting in death, and will have this charge of manslaughter to tackle as well now.
State Attorney Jeff Ashton “thought the proper charges in the case would be manslaughter and hazing with death,” explained Assistant State Attorney Nicole Pegues in an e-mail sent to the defendants’ attorneys.
The defendants are slated to face a 15 Year Maximum sentence for these charges, the hearing is expected to take place in September. Champion was participating in the hazing activity in which the student is supposed to walk down the aisle of a bus [after a football game] , trying to make it to the back of the bus while being punched, kicked and assaulted. Champion died within a hour of being beaten and a medical examiner ruled this incident as a homicide.
It goes without saying, the court system wants to make an example of the situation.