Death-crash driver jailed

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - WORLD NEWS -

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

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