SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The 26-year-old driver of a tour bus that crashed in Utah and killed three Japanese tourists last year has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
Yasushi Mikuni could face up to 15 years in prison following his guilty plea Tuesday to three counts of operating a vehicle negligently causing serious injury or death.
Defense attorney Keith Barnes told The Associated Press that in exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped seven other felony and three misdemeanor charges.
Sentencing is set Aug. 5 in 5th District Court in Cedar City.
The bus was headed from Las Vegas to national parks in Utah when it rolled over on Interstate 15, about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City.