Jonathan T. Lambert is expected to appear before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout today to either present a new plea agreement or begin the legal process for two criminal trials against him stemming from 16-hour standoff at his home with law enforcement after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend in September 2006.
After appearing in court Nov. 27, Trout felt a plea agreement presented by Special Prosecutor Nina Alexander and Defense Attorney Joseph Etling was too lenient.
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.
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 judge sent the attorneys back to the bargaining table to create a new agreement before Jan. 28, or the court would begin preparations for the two trials.
"My hope is that they will find another agreement that is acceptable before the trial date," Trout said after the November court proceedings. "These types of trials can be costly for the residents of this county."
A Clay County deputy sheriff since 1999, on Sept. 22, 2006, Lambert refused to surrender at his home after law enforcement officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant for alleged crimes that reportedly began the night before during a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.
Approximately 60 officers from law agencies around the state were involved in the stand off, during which Lambert fired two shots, both into the ground.