Former FAMU drum major Rikki Wills, who insists that he tried to shield his college roommate Robert Champion from a brutal hazing in Orlando in 2011, pleaded no contest today to felony hazing resulting in death.
Wills, 25, will not be sentenced until next month. But he will not face a jail sentence, said Assistant State Attorney Nicole Pegues.
Wills, who was set to stand trial Monday, accepted a plea offer from prosecutors who hope to use his testimony to build a stronger case against the 11 remaining defendants in the hazing scandal that led to the suspension of the iconic Florida A&M University band.
Champion, 26, one of six student leaders...