Appeals Court Upholds Sentence in Fatal Hit-and-Run

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the
conviction of a man sentenced to 22 years for a hit-and-run that killed a child.

Dominic Gebben was convicted in 2010 in Jones County on manslaughter and felony fleeing charges.

Prosecutors say Gebben drove around a stopped school bus and ran over 5-year-old Nathan Key, killing him. The incident occurred near the child's home in 2009.

The boy's death prompted the Mississippi Legislature to pass "Nathan's Law" in 2011.

The law requires motorists to stay at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus. Violators could be fined
up to $750 for a first offense. On a second offense, violators face a fine and up to a year in prison.


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