Woman sentenced to 4 years in prison for Rochester crash that killed 3 siblings at bus stop
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that Alyssa Shepard was sentenced to three years in prison, as reported by WSBT. According to WSBT, the correct sentence is four years in prison.
FULTON COUNTY, Ind. – A woman responsible for a 2018 crash that killed three siblings while they were getting on their school bus was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday, according to WSBT in South Bend.
According to WSBT, Alyssa Shepard received a sentence of four years in the Department of Correction, three years of home monitoring, three years probation and a ten year license suspension.
WSBT also reported that Brittany Ingle, the mother of the three children killed, lunged at Shepard in the courtroom and was charged with misdemeanor battery.
A sentencing hearing for Shepherd took place Wednesday afternoon, where she faced up to 21.5 years in prison. Her family was asking for a lesser sentence.
On Oct. 30, 2018, Shepherd was driving the truck that hit and killed 9-year-old Alivia Stahl and twin 6-year-old brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle. A fourth child, Maverick Lowe, was seriously injured but survived.
Police said Shepherd passed the school bus, which had stopped for the children to board and had its stop arm extended.
In October, a jury convicted her of reckless homicide, criminal recklessness and passing a school bus causing injury.
The family of the three victims pushed hard for a bill that increased penalties for drivers who disregard flashing red lights and stop arms on school buses. It became state law on July 1.
As a result of the new law, people can now face up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine for passing a school bus with a stop arm out. Shepherd, however, will be sentenced under previous laws.