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By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — A former drum major charged in the fatal Florida A&M University hazing case was sentenced to five years probation Friday, Orange County court records show.

Court records show Jarrod Deas pleaded no-contest a felony hazing charge Friday. In addition to probation, Deas was ordered to serve 100 hours community service.

Robert Champion, 26, was punched, kicked and bludgeoned to death in November 2011 after the Florida Classic football game in Orlando.

Champion, a drum major, got onboard a bus knowing he was facing his school band’s long-standing hazing ritual.

More than a dozen band members were arrested as a result of the investigation into Champion’s death, including Deas, of South Carolina.

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Reps. Matt Gaetz, left, and Marjorie Taylor Greene on their "America First" tour.

Photo from Rep. Matt Gaetz's verified Twitter

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

At a time when Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is facing a federal sex trafficking investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has jumped to his defense and joined forces with him for a fundraising tour. The far-right MAGA Republicans are both aggressive fundraisers, repeatedly stressing their unwavering devotion to former President Donald Trump. But according to Daily Beast reporter Roger Sollenberger, the Gaetz/Greene tour has "spent four times as much as" it has raised.

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