Bus driver involved in fatal wreck out of jail

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Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Jason Thomason

CARLISLE COUNTY, Ky. — It was just last Thursday Anita Roach told a judge, "I want to go home. I want to be with my family."

During her sentencing, Melissa Simpson, whose 6-year-old son Logan was killed last May when Roach crashed the bus she was driving, also had the opportunity to address the court.

"She can move back to her family but I can't see Logan again until I die and leave this world," she said. "We miss him and I just don't think three weeks is long enough."

Simpson did not get three weeks. She got 22 days, in spite of a one-year sentence for the woman held responsible for her son's death.

Roach was released for good behavior and time served Thursday. She had been on home confinement for more than 200 days in the months leading up to her trial and had served 22 days since her conviction.

Melissa Simpson, who once admitted she still sleeps with little Logan's favorite hoodie, said she was shocked and disappointed.

But defense attorney Will Kautz says it was the right move.

"I don't believe Ms. Roach committed a crime."

What happened on on May 16, 2011 was, he has said from the beginning, an accident. He said his client has paid the price every day since.

"She remains mortified she caused the death of Logan Simpson and she'll have to deal with that the rest of her life," he said.

Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Stacy said Roach's release from jail is a "damn disgrace."

Roach will be back in court Oct. 31. She faces three counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. The Simpson family told Local 6 they plan to attend.

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