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Man sentenced to 22 years for role in bus crash that killed Harrisburg teacher

Brandon Brill, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree involuntary manslaughter and second degree-assault in the September 28, 2018 bus crash that killed Harrisburg coach Brian Simpson. (File)

A man who pleaded guilty to felonies relating to a fatal bus crash has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Brandon Brill, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree involuntary manslaughter and second degree-assault in the September 28, 2017 bus crash that killed Harrisburg coach Brian Simpson. A Boone County judge sentenced Brill to 15 years for the manslaughter charge and seven years for assault. The sentences will run consecutively for a total of 22 years behind bars.

Investigators said Brill was driving a pickup truck on Route F when he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Harrisburg school bus. Simpson died in the crash and five students were taken to the hospital.

According to the probable cause statement, Brill had at least five prior convictions for driving without a valid license. Brill had remained in the Boone County Jail on $1 million cash-only bond.


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