One of the suspects charged in the hazing death of Florida A&M student, Robert Champion has entered a guilty plea. According to his lawyer’s announcement Friday (March 8), Caleb Jackson will take responsibility for his role in the death of the drum major.
Jackson is expected to plead guilty to felony manslaughter charges as early as next month. “He has two hopes, the first being able to help the state with respect to understanding and getting a clearer picture of what happened the night Robert Champion died,” Jackson’s attorney, Chuck Hobbs, said at a hearing at the Orange County Courthouse. “He is hopeful that he can play some small part in bringing closure to the family.”
According to Hobbs, prosecutors have not made any promises of leniency in exchange for his cooperation, but he’s optimistic. “It would be his hope that by cooperating, such would bode well when it comes time for his sentencing,” Hobbs explained.
Jackson is currently incarcerated on a parole violation, and remains at the Leon County Jail.
Last week, it was announced that 12 former students would face felony manslaughter charges for Champion’s 2010 death, which came by way of a vicious beating to the point of unconsciousness.
Champion’s family members have since filed suit against the college.