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UPDATE: Family objects to plea agreement in fatal crash case

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UPDATE: (WKOW) -- A former Bishop accused of driving drunk and killing a jogger in Sun Prairie in April of 2013 is set to take a plea deal next Tuesday.

“This is an outcome I cannot imagine,” said Kevin Mengelt, the victim’s husband.

Mengelt says he’s in disbelief after prosecutors told him 60-year-old Bruce Burnside will plead to one reduced felony count, rather than the four he’s charged with, in connection with the death of 52-year-old Maureen Mengelt, Kevin’s wife and mother of three.

“This is just a failure of our criminal justice system,” Mengelt said. “They've taken something from my family,”

Burnside is accused of driving drunk and hitting and killing Maureen. However this April, a judge ruled evidence that Burnside failed a field sobriety test was inadmissible, saying the officer lacked sufficient suspicion of drunk driving.

“I can't understand how he came to that conclusion but I felt at the time, rather than panic, the case even without that, was overwhelming,” Mengelt said.

Mengelt says he still wanted the case to go to trial and he voiced his objections to the plea deal to the prosecutor.

“Yes the jury, as they told me, is fickle and they may not make the right decision, and I said then that's them making the bad decision, not you,” Mengelt said.

The prosecutor in the case declined a request for comment.

Mengelt says he’s been told Burnside will face a maximum of just eight years in prison, a slap on the wrist that Kevin says would leave his family without justice.

“I'm fearful of Tuesday,” Kevin said. “Is the legal system going to avoid all justice for this man? I'm scared. And I'm scared of what this is going to do to my family.”

Mengelt says the only positive of the potential conclusion to the case, is he and his family can focus on Maureen’s memory. That means getting ready for a 5K in Maureen’s honor scheduled for Memorial Day. For more information on the race and to register click here.

MADISON (WKOW) -- A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a former bishop accused of driving drunk and killing a jogger in Sun Prairie.

Bruce Burnside, 60, faced four felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with the April 2013 death of Maureen Mengelt, 52. According to court records, attorneys informed the court during a status hearing Monday they had reached a plea agreement in the case. The plea hearing is set for Tuesday, May 13.

The charges against Burnside include Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle (Count 1), Homicide by Use of a Vehicle with PAC (Count 2), Hit and Run Involving Death (Count 3), Homicide by Negligent Operation of a Vehicle (Count 4) and Hit and Run (Count 5-Misdemeanor). Online court records show the state filed a motion to amend Count 4 to Second Degree Reckless Homicide and added a sixth count of OWI (first offense). Burnside's attorney, John Hyland, had no objection to the state's motion.

Burnside was set to go on trial in the case next week, but that will be taken off the calendar.

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