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Court rejects Alyssa Shepherd's appeal in deadly bus stop crash

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Posted at 5:52 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 17:52:16-04

ROCHESTER — The Court of Appeals of Indiana has rejected the majority of the appeal of a Fulton County woman convicted of striking and killing three kids and severely injuring a fourth while they were crossing a state highway to get on a school bus.

In the opinion filed Monday, the court upheld Alyssa Shepherd's convictions for three counts of reckless homicide and criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon, all felonies.

The court granted Shepherd's appeal of her conviction on a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and vacated that conviction on double jeopardy grounds because it was based on the same act as the criminal recklessness conviction.

A Fulton County judge ordered Shepherd to serve four years in prison, three years of home detention, and three years of probation stemming from the Oct. 30, 2018 crash that killed three siblings — Alivia Stahl, 9, and her twin brothers, Mason and Xzavier Ingle, 6, — and injured Maverick Lowe, 11, while the children were getting on a school bus.

The judge also suspended Shepherd's driver's license, however, the appeals court ruled the Fulton Superior Court was unclear in its order and has remanded the issue of Shepherd's driver's license suspension for an updated ruling.

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