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Man appeals sentencing for crash that killed Harrisburg track coach

A man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and assault for a deadly crash that killed a Harrisburg High School teacher appealed his sentencing on Oct. 11.

According to court documents, Brandon Brill said he was unjustly sentenced for something that was an “accident.”

“I was bettering myself and being in here will not make anything better only worse,” Brill said in the court document.

Brill was sentenced to 22 years in prison (15 years for involuntary manslaughter and seven years for assault to be served consecutively).

Brill was charged in connection with a crash in September 2017 that resulted in the death of Brian Simpson, a Harrisburg teacher and cross-country coach who was driving a bus that was hit head-on by Brill’s pickup truck. Five students were also injured in the crash.

In the October court documents, Brill also said his public defender did not bring up his medical treatment for mental health issues he suffered after the crash.

Brill has a trial setting scheduled for January.

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