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UPDATE: Brenda Gray will not serve a day in jail

By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:15:03 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 23 2014 03:07:29 PM CDT
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. -

UPDATE 3:48 pm - Judge Robert Cupp sentenced Brenda Gray to two years of probation following her guilty plea on charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Gray will be eligible to have her record expunged upon completion of her sentence.

She will not serve jail time.

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A former Washington County, Tennessee bus driver broke her silence and took the stand asking the court for lenience Wednesday morning.

The sentencing hearing for Brenda Gray got underway Wednesday morning. The former bus driver took the stand to tell the court she has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder since the September 2012 crash.

She told the court she frequently has nightmares. "I know that some kids are still having some problems and issues with the accident, and I do too. Every day. I have to get up - my husband drives a bus for Washington County and every day I have to hear the bus start in my driveway. I have to smell the fumes. I'm reminded of it every day."

Gray also recalled angry parents yelling at her in the hospital.

When asked what she would say to the parents of the children, Gray responded, "I didn't go out there intentionally to hurt anybody's kids. My own child was on that bus, normally I have two riding my bus. And I would never have went out and hurt somebody else's kids. And I know how you feel because I think about if it was me and [my daughter] were to have gotten hurt, and if it had been another driver, I would have been just as upset. I don't blame them."

She pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and reckless endangerment last week.

Investigators say she was speeding when she wrecked her school bus with 39 high school students on board.