Driver in crash sen­tenced

Albuquerque Journal - - NATION -

UVALDE, Texas — A driver was sen­tenced to 55 years in prison Fri­day for caus­ing a church bus crash in South Texas that killed 13 peo­ple .

Jack Dil­lon Young , 21, of Leakey, was sen­tenced af­ter a three-day hear­ing. He had faced up to 270 years in prison for the March 2017 col­li­sion.

Young was driv­ing his pickup af­ter smok­ing mar­i­juana and tak­ing the pre­scrip­tion drug clon­azepam, a seda­tive used to treat panic dis­or­ders and seizures, when he col­lided with the church bus on U.S. 83 near Uvalde, about 75 miles west of San An­to­nio, ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony. He pleaded no con­test in May to 13 counts of in­tox­i­ca­tion man­slaugh­ter and one count of in­tox­i­ca­tion as­sault.

De­fense at­tor­ney Ro­ge­lio Munoz asked for mercy and said doc­tors didn’t prop­erly mon­i­tor Young’s pre­scrip­tion drug use.

The oc­cu­pants of the bus into which Young’s pickup truck slammed headon were mem­bers of the First Bap­tist Church of New Braun­fels re­turn­ing from a se­nior re­treat.

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