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Pr. George’s school bus driver who rammed bus into employee lounge sentenced to five years in prison

A former Prince George’s County school bus driver convicted of first-degree assault after a 2011 incident in which she rammed a bus into the employee lounge at the Accokeek bus lot was sentenced to five years in prison Friday, prosecutors said.

Theresa Douglas, 41, had been convicted in September for the Dec. 14, 2011 incident. Prosecutors, who asked that she spend 25 years behind bars, had said she was “angry with some of her co-workers” when she rammed the bus into the center of a trailer that served as an employee lounge.

Douglas’s will be followed by five years of supervised probation and she will have to complete a psychological evaluation, said John Erzen, a spokesman for Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

Erzen said defense attorneys had asked Douglas receive only probation, and prosecutors were “satisfied” with the five-year sentence.

“It does send a message that that type of behavior is not appropriate, and it does take her freedom away and hold her accountable for what she’s done,” Erzen said.

Prosecutors have said previously that Douglas posted on Facebook she was “done fighting, done talking and ready to go to jail” the night before the incident, and she remained on the scene after it.

No students were on the bus at the time of the crash, though three people were inside the trailer, prosecutors said. Erzen said two of them were hurt, one who might need an arm surgery and another who is “carrying emotional scars.”

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.

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