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Judge turns down Smith's plea agreement

It’s not because further punishment is needed that Judge Thomas W. Rumpke chose to decline Marty Smith’s plea agreement last week. Instead, he said, it’s because he feels she needs more supervision for her drug and alcohol problems before being released back into the community.

Smith changed her plea to “no contest” on charges that she was criminally involved in the death of local man Doug Haar. She was found guilty of both accessory to involuntary manslaughter and to aggravated assault and battery by a jury in 2019, but the case was to be heard again following a successful appeal to the Wyomi...

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