Driver gets 3 years in prison for Indiana church bus crash

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In this photo provided by the Hancock County, Ind., Sheriff’s Department is Charles Goodman, 54. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, prosecutors charged Goodman with causing death when driving while intoxicated by a controlled substance after blood test results showed signs of cocaine use. Goodman was the driver of a church bus that crashed near Indianapolis in July killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring 11 other people. (Hancock County Sheriff Department via AP)

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A church bus driver who allegedly used cocaine before a crash near Indianapolis that killed a 6-year-old boy and injured 11 other people has been sentenced to three years in prison.

WISH-TV reports a judge also sentenced 54-year-old Charles Goodman of Chicago to three years on probation Wednesday following his convictions last month on charges of driving while intoxicated and with a suspended license. A jury acquitted him of reckless homicide.

Goodman was driving a group from Gary’s St. Jude Deliverance Center to a religious convention in Ohio in July 2015 when the 15-passenger bus went out of control, left Interstate 70, struck some trees and overturned. The crash killed Jacob Williams of Gary. Goodman broke his arm and jaw.

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