A limousine service operator was convicted on Wednesday of manslaughter in a crash in rural New York that killed 20 people, one of the deadliest traffic accidents in the United States in two decades.
The jury reached its verdict on the second day of deliberations in the trial of Nauman Hussain, the operator of Prestige Limousine. When the verdict is announced on May 31, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
Hussain looked disappointed when he heard the verdict. He was taken into custody. A message was sent to his attorney for comment.
When the jury was dismissed, applause was heard in the audience.
Packed with birthday parties, the stretch-style SUV rolled off the road in 2018 after the vehicle’s brakes failed. The heavy sedan crashed into a parked car and trees before coming to a stop in a creek bed in Schoharie, a village west of Albany. Seventeen passengers, the driver and two passers-by were killed.
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