Barkus Pleads No Contest to Boating Under the Influence

Under a recently reached plea agreement, Kalispell state Sen. Greg Barkus will plead no contest to felony criminal endangerment for his part in the August 2009 boat crash on Flathead Lake that injured five people.

The plea agreement sets a 3 year deferred sentence and dismisses the other two felony charges of negligent vehicular assault. Before it becomes final Judge John McKeon of Malta must approve it.

Tthe deferred sentence could end in18 months if there are no violations. Also, Barkus will be required to pay the state $4,000 in restitution.

The agreement is signed by Barkus, Glazier and Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan. The original charges against Barkus, stemming from allegations that he was Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol, carried a possible sentence of 30 years in prison.

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