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COLUMBIA, Mo. — A man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and assault after a traffic crash that killed a Harrisburg track coach is appealing his sentence.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports court records show 27-year-old Brandon Brill says in his appeal that a Boone County judge erred when he sentenced Brill to 22 years in prison for the September 2017 crash that killed 37-year-old Brian Simpson, a Harrisburg teacher.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Brill’s truck crossed the center line and struck a school bus driven by Simpson, who was taking his team to a Moberly cross country meet.

Judge Jeff Harris cited Brill’s numerous convictions for driving-related offenses before handing down the sentence.

Brill, of Clark, argues in his appeal that a 22-year sentence is too long for an accident.