Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout denied the plea agreement in the two cases against Jonathan T. Lambert Tuesday morning.
He felt it was too lenient, which sends the special prosecution and Lambert's defense attorneys back to the bargaining table to try and create a new agreement before the two criminal trials scheduled for Jan. 28.
"My hope is that they will find another agreement that is acceptable before the trial date," Trout said after the court proceedings. "These types of trials can be costly for the residents of this county."
After both parties supplied the pre-sentence investigation and the finalized plea agreement to the court as Trout requested, he determined the punishment was not acceptable. Lambert was to enter a plea of guilty to a class A Intimidation misdemeanor instead of a class D felony and guilty to a class A domestic battery misdemeanor and dismiss three other counts in one case.
The 180-day jail sentence in the first case was agreed upon by both parties to be served during Lambert's incarceration from Sept. 23-Dec. 22, 2006, and was to be assessed court costs and fines of no more than $500.
In the second case, Lambert was to plead guilty to class D felony charge of criminal recklessness and a class D felony charge of resisting law enforcement while dismissing two other counts.
The jail sentence of one-and-a-half years imprisonment for each count was established with no good time credit for the previous time Lambert served in prison. The sentence was to be suspended and Lambert was to be placed on formal probation for one and a half years.
The two cases stem from Lambert's 2006 16-hour standoff at his home with law enforcement after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.