Judge: Jail for driver in fatal Utah bus crash

August 5, 2011 - 4:15 PM
Tour Bus Crash

FILE In this booking photo released by Iron County Jail in Cedar City, Utah showing Japanese citizen 26-year-old Yasushi Mikuni. Mikuni is scheduled for a sentencing hearing in a central Utah courtroom Friday Aug. 5,2011 and faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced in Cedar City's 5th District Court. He pleaded guilty to three felony counts of operating a vehicle negligently causing serious injury or death in May. (AP Photo/Iron County Jail,File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A tour bus driver will spend less than a year in a county jail for an accident that killed three Japanese tourists last year.

Judge Michael Westfall sentenced him to 15 years in prison on Friday but then suspended most of the sentence. Court records show Yasushi Mikuni will spend 363 days in the Iron County Jail and serve three years on probation.

Westfall also ordered the 26-year-old Japanese student to pay restitution to each of the crash victims.

Mikuni was behind the wheel of the bus when it rolled on Interstate 15 north of Cedar City on Aug. 9, 2010.

He pleaded guilty in May to three felony counts of operating a vehicle negligently causing serious injury or death.

Three died and 11 others were injured.