Protest Halts Plea Deal In Deadly Drunk Driving Crash
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — A San Bernardino County judge has rejected a plea deal for a woman involved in a deadly car crash after the victim’s relatives protested outside the courthouse.
Ashley Connor Young was facing a year in jail during sentencing Monday in return for pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter. But the San Bernardino Sun says the prosecution asked a judge to toss the deal after 30 people protested outside court.
Young now faces a possible trial and could get four years if convicted.
Her attorney, Miles Clark, says justice hasn’t been served and the deal should have been honored.
Authorities say Young had a previous DUI arrest and a suspended license when she rear-ended a car in Fontana in 2009.
The car was pushed into a tree, fatally injuring the driver.
(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)