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Bus Driver Found Not Guilty of Manslaughter in NY Crash that Killed 15

NEW YORK –  A casino bus driver at the  helm of a New York crash that killed 15 people last year was found not guilty of  manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide on Friday.

Ophadell Williams was found guilty on one count of aggravated unlicensed  operation of a motor vehicle.

Williams wept and covered his face with his hands as the verdict was read. On  the one count he was found guilty of, the judge sentenced him to 30 days in  prison, which he has served. He also has to pay a fee of $500.

Prosecutors alleged he was so exhausted it was as though he was drunk behind  the wheel.

Defense Attorney Patrick Bruno says Williams was well-rested and the crash  was the result of a tractor-trailer that swiped the bus and drove off, causing  Williams to lose control.

Williams was driving from a Connecticut casino to New York’s Chinatown when  the bus crashed around 5:30 a.m. on March 12, 2011.

Authorities say the speeding bus ran off the highway, hit a guardrail, then  toppled. A sign pole sheared off the roof.

Source: Fox News

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