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School bus driver gets 4-year sentence for trip

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A school bus driver who stashed a rifle behind his seat and set out for the nation's capital with 13 children on a bizarre, unauthorized field trip was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.

Otto Nuss, 65, pleaded guilty to federal kidnapping charges in June.

"The only thing I want to say is I'm sorry to the children and their families and their parents and also to me," he said in court Tuesday.

Nuss' trip in January 2002 touched off a frantic six-hour search and alarmed parents at the Berks Christian School in Birdsboro. None of the children was harmed.