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Protest Halts Plea Deal In Deadly Drunk Driving Crash

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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.

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