A school bus driver in northern Illinois has been found guilty of intentionally slamming the brakes to throw children from their seats.

A McHenry County judge Tuesday found Lake in the Hills resident Julieta Clinton guilty of reckless conduct and child endangerment as part of a plea deal in which she did not admit guilt.

The 38-year-old could face up to a year in prison when she's sentenced April 3.

McHenry prosecutors say Clinton was driving 54 kids to school in Huntley last April when she became frustrated with their unruly behavior and braked hard twice.

The children ranged in age from 5 to 10 years old. One was sent to an Elgin hospital and paramedics treated 18 others at the scene.

Her attorney maintains that the incident was an accident.