(Franklin County, Ind.) - Playing a game of chicken with a Franklin County school bus has netted a man a two year prison sentence.
Raymond Baker was sentenced on March 12 after being convicted by a jury last month on two counts of Neglect of a Dependant. The jurors acquitted Baker on 36 counts of Criminal Recklessness.
According to the Brookville American-Democrat newspaper, prosecutors said the crime was committed in view of dozens of children on February 12, 2012.
That morning, Baker’s daughters missed the school bus. He drove them to catch the bus on Johnson Fork Road. That’s where the bus driver said Baker drove head-on towards the bus full of students, forcing the driver to swerve into the opposite lane. Baker’s two daughters were riding with him. Nobody was hurt.
Baker, 53, had faced a maximum sentence of three years in prison. The judge opted for a two year prison sentence, with six months suspended to probation, the newspaper reported.
The earliest that Baker could be released from prison is November 13, 2013, according to the Indiana Department of Corrections.