Death-crash driver jailed
A driver has been jailed for 55 years for causing a Texas church bus crash that killed 13 people.
Jack Dillon Young, 21, of Leakey, Texas, was sentenced 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 pick-up while under the influence of a prescription sedative and had smoked marijuana before colliding with a church bus in March 2017 near Uvalde, about 75 miles west of San Antonio.
Defence lawyer Rogelio Munoz asked for mercy and said doctors did not properly monitor Young’s prescription drug use.
Young’s family members testified that the family was rendered dysfunctional by alcohol and drug abuse.
Young told state District Judge Camile DuBose that a man was sentenced to a lengthy prison term for sexually abusing him and numerous other boys.
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.
Jack Dillon Young