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Texas Man Gets 55 Years In Prison For Fatal Church Bus Crash That Killed 13 People

Prosecutors said Jack Dillon Young was driving under the influence of a sedative and had smoked marijuana before colliding with a church bus near Uvalde in March 2017.

In this March 31, 2017 file photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, Kristin Poland and David Pereira examine the pickup truck involved in a crash on March 29 on U.S. 83 near Garner State Park in Texas. The driver has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for causing the Texas church bus crash that killed 13 people.

Jack Dillon Young has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for causing a Texas church bus crash that killed 13 people.

Jack Dillon Young.

Young, 21, –of Leakey, Texas– was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest on May 31 to 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. He had faced up to 270 years in prison after a three-day sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors said Young was driving his pickup while under the influence of a prescription sedative and had smoked marijuana before colliding with a church bus in March 2017 on U.S 83 near Uvalde, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of San Antonio.

Defense attorney Rogelio Munoz asked for mercy and said doctors didn’t properly monitor Young’s prescription drug use.
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This story has been corrected to fix the date of Young’s no contest plea to May 31.

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