Alyssa Shepherd will head to prison for four years following the October 30th, 2018 fatal bus stop crash in Fulton County that killed six-year old twin brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle and their sister, nine-year old Alivia Stahl.
The crash also injured 12-year old Maverik Lowe, who has gone through 21 different surgeries since the crash.
Judge Gregory Heller handed out the sentence Wednesday afternoon in Rochester. Shepherd faced three felony counts of reckless homicide, felony criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor of passing a school bus with its stop arm extended, causing injury. Her maximum sentence was 21.5 years.
For each felony count of reckless homicide, Shepherd received one year in prison, one year on house arrest and one-year probation.
An additional year in prison comes from the other two charges.
During the hearing today, three people spoke on behalf of Alyssa Shepherd, including her husband Neil. Alyssa also spoke in a short, emotional statement saying that her “heart aches for that day, the family and those images. I can’t go back, and I’m sorry.”
Fulton County Chief Prosecutor Mike Marrs, on behalf of the state in the case, was looking for a 14-year sentence for Shepherd, including ten in prison, four on probation and a driver’s license suspension of five years. Shepherd’s attorney’s were looking for an eight-year suspension.
Following the session, Brittany Ingle was accused of lunging at Shepherd. She was seen coming out of the courthouse in handcuffs. Marrs says Brittany Ingle made contact with Shepherd and will most likely face a battery charge.