Man enters guilty plea in school bus hit-and-run crash - KCTV5

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Man enters guilty plea in school bus hit-and-run crash

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Toryne Sanders, 33, pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree assault, driving while on a revoked license and possession of a controlled substance from a separate incident Tuesday. Toryne Sanders, 33, pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree assault, driving while on a revoked license and possession of a controlled substance from a separate incident Tuesday.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A man accused of driving into a school bus with children on board pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree assault, driving while on a revoked license and possession of a controlled substance from a separate incident Tuesday.

The count of fleeing the scene of an accident was dropped.

Toryne Sanders, 33, was previously charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a revoked license.

In exchange for the guilty plea, Sanders was given three years probation and will serve 30 days in the county jail. He is not to drive at all while on probation, and he is to undergo substance abuse treatment. If Sanders fails to adhere to the conditions, he could be sent to the Missouri Department of Corrections for five years.

KCTV5 News found that Sanders has seven other prior convictions for driving with a revoked license and seven convictions for driving without a license.

The First Student bus was transporting five Kansas City School District students, a bus driver and a bus monitor when the crash happened in a residential neighborhood at 67th Street and Askew Avenue last February.

Sanders told police he didn't mean to hit the bus. He was ordered to pay restitution to those victims totaling to a little more than $3,000.

Four children, including Justin Jackson's daughter, had minor injuries, as well as the bus driver.

"It was brought to my attention that he'd get probation and 30 days jail time," he said.

Jackson is among parents who are not happy with the deal. Some of the parents appeared before the judge Tuesday, asking him not to accept the plea. They said Sanders is reckless and had previous charges for driving without a license and deserved more jail time.

"I'm not happy with the plea at all. That's all I got to say about it," said Deja Williams Wright, a passenger on the bus.

Caleb Clifford, the assistant prosecuting attorney for Jackson County said there are strict punishments attached to the deal if Sanders breaks it.

"If he just pulls his car out of the driveway, he will be revoked and sent down to prison for five years. We stand ready and willing to take actions against people that harm others in our community, as we did today," Clifford said.

Sanders turned around to the parents in the courtroom and apologized. He has 90 days to serve his 30 day sentence.

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