• Defendant in FAMU hazing case sentenced


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Another former FAMU student charged in the hazing death of Robert Champion is being sentenced in an Orange County courtroom.

    Shawn Turner is facing a judge Friday afternoon. Another defendant, Rikki Wills, learned his fate earlier Friday morning.

    Wills won't spend any time in jail, and neither will Turner.

    "I am very sorry for the loss of your son," Wills told the parents of Champion at his sentencing.

    Wills previously plead no contest to two charges in connection with Champion's death aboard a bus in Orlando.

    Wills was ordered to house arrest and five years probation by a judge Friday

    Sentencing for a second defendant, Turner, is underway.

    Both denied beating Champion, but admitted to taking part in the hazing ritual that led to the 26-year-old FAMU student's death in 2011.

    Wills' attorney, Bill Hancock, spoke on his behalf after court.

    "He was a very good friend of Mr. Champion and is sincerely sorry, and whatever he can do to help the situation, he will," said Hancock.

    The victim's parents, Robert and Pamela Champion, made the trip from Georgia Friday.

    They read impact statements in court, wondering why the two didn't help their son.

    "What if one individual said, 'We can make them stop. Why don't we get together and make them stop?'" said Pamela Champion.

    "We lost a great person. A person who could make a difference in the world," Robert Champion said.

    Wills and Turner are among five former students who worked out a plea deal with the state.

    Over a dozen students were charged in Champion's death and have yet to face trial.

    "We just want to say enough is enough, hazings (have) got to quit, enough is enough," Robert Champion said.

    Wills' attorney said his client has agreed to testify if trials go forward for the other defendants charged with manslaughter in the case.

    WFTV is continuing to monitor sentencing for Turner and will tell you what happens at 6 p.m.


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