Driver Who Slammed Into Church Bus Sentenced To 55 Years In Prison Thirteen people on the bus were killed. Jack Young made a tearful apology to the victims' families on Friday. He was under the influence of drugs when he drove head-on into the bus.
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Driver Who Slammed Into Church Bus Sentenced To 55 Years In Prison

Jack Dillon Young of Leakey, Texas, was sentenced on Friday to 55 years in prison for driving into a church bus in South Texas last year, killing 13 people on the bus. Uvalde County Jail /AP hide caption

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Jack Dillon Young of Leakey, Texas, was sentenced on Friday to 55 years in prison for driving into a church bus in South Texas last year, killing 13 people on the bus.

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The driver of a pickup truck that slammed into a church bus in March 2017, killing 13 passengers, was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Friday.

Jack Dillon Young had smoked marijuana and misused a prescription antidepressant, prior to the head-on collision with the bus that was carrying choir members from the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas, MySanAntonio.com reported. The fatal accident happened about 75 miles west of San Antonio.

The 21-year-old's defense attorney called for mercy from the judge and said Young's prescription drug medications were not properly monitored by doctors, according to The Associated Press.

The church choir was returning from a retreat in Leakey, where Young lived at the time. The only passenger who survived was sitting farthest from the point of impact.

Jack Dillon Young the driver of the pickup truck pictured in this March 31, 2017 file photo provided by National Transportation Safety Board, was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Friday. Young killed 13 people in the crash on March 29, 2017 near Garner State Park in Texas. Jennifer Morrison/AP hide caption

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Jack Dillon Young the driver of the pickup truck pictured in this March 31, 2017 file photo provided by National Transportation Safety Board, was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Friday. Young killed 13 people in the crash on March 29, 2017 near Garner State Park in Texas.

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Young and members of his family testified during the three-day sentencing hearing.

Young's testimony included apologies to the victims' families. "I can't put into words how sorry I am," he said, according to KFDM-TV.

"I wish every day that it was me," he added. "It should not have been them. If I could, I would in a heartbeat. I wish I could describe to y'all how much I'm sorry, but I can't. Nothing will ever do it justice. I'm sorry for what I took from y'all."

According to the AP, "Young pleaded no contest in June to 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault."

He had faced up to 270 years in prison.