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13 charged in hazing death of band member

A prosecutor says most of the 13 people charged in the death of Florida A&M university drum major will face a felony hazing charge.

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 file photo, Robert Champion, a drum major in Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band, performs during halftime of a football game in Orlando, Fla. At least five people will face criminal charges in the hazing death Champion aboard a band bus in Orlando last fall, authorities said Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Joseph Brown III, File)

A prosecutor says most of the 13 people charged in the death of Florida A&M university drum major will face a felony hazing charge.

The prosecutor announced the charges at a news conference Wednesday. State Attorney Lawson Lamar says 11 of the 13 people charged will face the felony charge. The others will face a misdemeanor charge.

Lamar says a conviction for felony hazing could bring up to nearly six years in prison.

The charges come more than five months after 26-year-old Robert Champion died aboard a chartered bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.

Detectives say Champion was hazed by band members following a performance. Authorities say Champion had bruises to his chest, arms, shoulder and back. His internal bleeding caused him to go into shock, which killed him.

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