Sentencing hearing begins for man in Texas church bus crash

Posted at 2:12 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 15:12:20-05

UVALDE, Texas (AP) – The sentencing hearing has begun for a Texas man in a fatal church bus crash that killed 13 people.

Testimony began Wednesday in Uvalde in the hearing for 21-year-old Jack Dillon Young of Leakey, who faces up to 270 years in prison after pleading no contest in June to 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.

Prosecutors say Young was driving under the influence of a prescription antidepressant and had smoked marijuana before the March 2017 collision on U.S Highway 83 near Uvalde, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of San Antonio.

Defense attorney Rogelio Muñoz asked for mercy and said doctors had failed to monitor Young’s prescription drug use.

Attorneys say the hearing is expected to last at least through the end of the week.