NEW YORK —Â A casino bus driver at theÂ helm of a New York crash that killed 15 people last year was found not guilty ofÂ manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide on Friday.
Ophadell Williams was found guilty on one count of aggravated unlicensedÂ operation of a motor vehicle.
Williams wept and covered his face with his hands as the verdict was read. OnÂ the one count he was found guilty of, the judge sentenced him to 30 days inÂ 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 behindÂ the wheel.
Williams was driving from a Connecticut casino to New York’s Chinatown whenÂ the bus crashed around 5:30 a.m. on March 12, 2011.
Authorities say the speeding bus ran off the highway, hit a guardrail, thenÂ toppled. A sign pole sheared off the roof.
Source: Fox News