Crime

Oct 9, 2009 9:09 AM by Associated Press

Driver convicted in fatal California bus crash

The driver of a bus that crashed in Northern California last year, killing 11 people, has been convicted of 11 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours yesterday before convicting 53-year-old Quintin Watts of Stockton. They also found him guilty of 21 counts of great bodily injury.

Watts was behind the wheel of a bus carrying 41 mostly elderly Hmong and Mien immigrants to a casino in Colusa County last October when the bus left a rural road and rolled over.

Authorities say Watts apparently dozed off at the wheel, leading to the crash.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 4.

Colusa County District Attorney John Poyner says Watts is facing up to 76 years in prison.

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