One of a dozen Florida A&M University students now charged with manslaughter in the hazing death of a drum major plans to plead guilty in the hope of receiving a more lenient sentence, his lawyer said Friday. The student, Caleb Jackson, 24, who is in the Leon County Jail on a probation violation, was on the bus where the drum major, Robert Champion, was beaten in 2011. Mr. Jackson is expected to plead guilty next month in an Orlando court. Chuck Hobbs, his lawyer, said Mr. Jackson was not one of the students who beat Mr. Champion, 26. The guilty plea comes in response to a decision by Jeff Ashton, the newly elected state attorney for Orange and Osceola Counties, to add manslaughter charges to existing felony hazing charges.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.