ND family in standoff will face November trial
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) _ A state district judge has rejected a plea agreement reached between prosecutors and members of a rural Lakota family involved in a summer-long standoff with law enforcement in 2011.
Rodney Brossart and four of his children are now scheduled for trial in November. They face felony charges stemming from the standoff that began as an investigation into missing cattle and intensified when family members ignored repeated orders to appear in court.
The plea deal called for the family members to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges in exchange for felony charges being dropped. The agreement called for no jail time. Judge Joel Medd rejected it.
Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke (JANG'-kee) and other law officers have pressed for the case to go to trial.