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Barkus attorney asks for change of plea hearing


KALISPELL (AP) — A state senator charged with piloting a boat while drunk and crashing into the rocky shoreline of Flathead Lake, injuring all five people on board, is close to a plea agreement, his attorney said.

Todd Glazier filed a request Wednesday asking that Sen. Greg Barkus' Nov. 29 trial be canceled and that a hearing be scheduled for him to change his plea, the Daily Inter Lake reports.

"The plea agreement will be filed as soon as possible," Glazier said.

Barkus, R-Kalispell, is charged with criminal endangerment and two counts of vehicular assault for the Aug. 27, 2009, crash...

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