KALISPELL (AP) — A state senator from Kalispell accused of piloting a boat while drunk and crashing into the rocky shoreline of Flathead Lake, injuring all five on board, has reached a plea agreement that calls for a three-year deferred sentence.
The agreement filed late Tuesday says Republican Sen. Greg Barkus will plead no contest to felony criminal endangerment for the August 2009 crash south of Bigfork.
The agreement has been signed by Barkus, his attorney Todd Glazier and Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan. It calls for Barkus to pay $4,000 in restitution.
District Judge John McKeon of Malta must still approve the agreement. He has not scheduled a hearing.
The crash injured Rep. Denny Rehberg, two of his staffers, Barkus and his wife. Rehberg staffer Dustin Frost was in a coma for more than a week after the crash.