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Conviction stands in crash that killed 3 UU students

SPRINGFIELD (AP) —The 2nd District Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of an Urbana man in a nine-vehicle crash that killed three Urbana University graduate students from China.

Jason Skaggs, 37, was found guilty nearly two years ago of three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault. He was sentenced to 34 years in prison. 

In Skaggs' appeal, his attorney argued that the March 8, 2007, crash was caused by epileptic seizure Skaggs suffered, not any recklessness on his part.

But the appeals court refused to overturn the conviction on Friday, finding Skaggs acted recklessly in failing to take his epilepsy medication.

Defense attorney Paul Courtney says he can't disagree with the conclusions.

Jin "Jack" Bian, 27, Yan "Zoe" Sun and Bing "Jo" Xue, both 24, were killed when Skaggs' sport utility vehicle, traveling at 98 m.ph., slammed into several cars that were stopped at a red light on Urbana and Moorefield roads, just north of the city.

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Information from: Springfield News-Sun, http://www.springfieldnewssun.com

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