KALISPELL (AP) — The attorney for state Sen. Greg Barkus says the Kalispell Republican didn't receive special treatment in a plea deal that would allow him to avoid jail and expunge his record after 18 months.
Barkus is accused of crashing a boat while drunk last year in Flathead Lake and injuring four passengers, including U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg.
The plea agreement would allow Barkus to plead no contest to felony criminal endangerment and receive a three-year deferred sentence.
A judge must approve the agreement.
The Daily Inter Lake reports attorney Todd Glazier believes the deal is in line with what others would receive.
Prosecutors say Barkus' blood-alcohol level was 0.16 nearly two hours after the crash.
Glazier disputes that Barkus was drunk and instead blames a faulty Global Positioning System.