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The former head of the jail in rural Washington County, Mo. will have to serve the entirety of his 10-year prison sentence.

A federal appeals court this morning ruled that Judge Audrey Flessig did not err in boosting Vernon Wilson's sentence for transferring inmates into cells so they could be assaulted, and also because his actions caused severe bodily harm to one of the inmates.

Conditions upgraded for students hurt in Belgrade bus wreck

Mar 14, 2012
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The Missouri students injured when their school bus overturned are continuing to recover.

Eleven students in the Valley R-6 School District ranging in age from 7 to 16 were hurt in the crash Tuesday near Belgrade, about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis. Authorities believe the bus driver was distracted by something on the bus, causing it to slide off the narrow two-lane highway and overturn in a ditch.

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Updated 4:53 p.m. to reflect that at least five people have been reported as injured. Original reports stated three people, those airlifted, as the only injuries.

At least five people have been injured, three of whom were airlifted to a St. Louis hospital, after a school bus accident in rural eastern Missouri.

The accident happened this afternoon in Belgrade, Mo., about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

It involved a bus carrying students in the Valley R-6 School District in Washington County.

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The former head of the jail in rural Washington County, Mo. will spend 10 years in federal prison and three more on supervised release for violating the civil rights of four inmates housed in his jail.

A jury convicted Vernon Wilson in March of beating two inmates and arranging for the beating of two others. One victim of those orchestrated beatings, who was in the jail on a bad check charge, had to be hospitalized.