Final Person Arrested For Jacksonville School Bus Fight From Dec. 2022 Sentenced

By Benjamin Cox on November 29, 2023 at 9:22am

The final person in a trio of adults who were arrested for a physical disturbance on a Jacksonville School District 117 school bus in December of last year has been sentenced.

34-year old Heather N. Ochs of the 1100 block of North Diamond Street pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct on Tuesday morning in Morgan County Circuit Court.

Ochs was arrested along with 40-year old Daniel T. Ochs of the 1100 block of North Diamond and 33-year old Shawna M. Werries also of the 1100 block of North Diamond by Jacksonville Police on December 14, 2022 after a large physical disturbance was reported at a school bus stop in the 1100 block of King Street.

According to the report at the time, Daniel Ochs boarded the school bus without permission, refused to get off the bus when ordered to do so, and got into a physical altercation with the bus driver. Heather Ochs and Werries also are said to have boarded the bus without permission and shouted threats at the school bus monitor; with the entire altercation taking place in front of students riding on the bus.

Daniel Ochs was the first to be sentenced back in May after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct charges, receiving 30 days in the Morgan County Jail, fined $200, given 1 year of probation, and given a no contact order to Jacksonville School District 117 property and employees.

Werries pleaded guilty to a similar charge on August 22nd and was given 2 days in the Morgan County Jail, given 1 year of probation, and ordered to pay fees and court costs.

On Tuesday, Heather Ochs was sentenced to 2 years of conditional discharge, ordered to pay a $200 fine, ordered to serve 10 hours of community service and receive mandatory mental health treatment.