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Sentencing begins for Texas driver in fatal church bus crash

FILE - This file photo provided by the Uvalde County Jail in Uvalde, Texas shows Jack Dillon Young, of Leakey, Texas. A sentencing hearing began Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, for Dillon who was convicted in a church bus crash in South Texas that left 13 people dead in March 2017. He faces up to 270 years in prison. (Uvalde County Jail via AP, File)

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — A driver convicted in a church bus crash in South Texas that left 13 people dead will soon learn his punishment.

Twenty-one-year-old Jack Dillon Young , of Leakey, 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.

His sentencing hearing began Wednesday in Uvalde.

Defense attorney Rogelio Munoz asked for mercy and said doctors didn’t properly monitor Young’s prescription drug use.

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

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