Criminal Court Judge Don Poole on Thursday denied a new trial for a truck driver convicted in the death of six people at the Ooltewah exit of I-75.
Judge Poole heard arguments from both sides with Benjamin Brewer in the courtroom.
Brewer, 42, earlier was sentenced to serve 55 years in state prison.
Judge Poole gave him 11 years on each of six vehicular homicide cases and ran five of the cases consecutively. The range was 8-12 years for vehicular homicide.
Brewer, of London, Ky., was also sentenced to four years on each of four convictions of reckless aggravated assault involving four people who were injured in the 2015 crash. Those sentences are concurrent.
He has no prior criminal convictions so is a Range One Offender who is eligible for parole consideration after serving 30 percent of the sentence.
Killed were well-known Cleveland musician Brian Gallaher and Dalton State assistant director of residential life Jason Ramos. Also killed were Tiffany Watts, her mother Sandra Anderson, and daughters Kelsie and Savannah.