During her testimony in court tis past October, Shepherd said she had dropped her husband off at work and was on her way to drop her kids at school and welcome a new youth pastor to her church when she came upon “a very large vehicle.” She said she saw blinking lights but failed to see that it was a school bus or that it had a red stop sign arm extended.
Shepherd was found guilty of three counts of reckless homicide, one count of criminal recklessness and one count of driving around a school bus with its stop arm extended. She had faced a maximum of 21 1/2 years in prison.
During Shepherd’s sentencing on Wednesday, the mother of the three young siblings who were killed allegedly lunged at the woman and was subsequently taken out of the courthouse in handcuffs.
Shepherd has a restitution hearing scheduled for Feb. 14