Plea deal denied in 2015 crash that killed Etna Green man

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A judge has denied a plea agreement from a man charged in a 2015 deadly crash.

Justin Gladieux, 22, of Bourbon, entered the plea last month, admitting to causing a death when operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in his system.

Nathaniel McConnell, 24, of Etna Green died in the crash.

The deal would have seen Gladieux serve three years in a community corrections program, with any additional time suspended and served on probation, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.

Instead, a trial date was set for August.

The plea deal denial has frustrated the victim’s parents, who say they want the long-running case behind them. McConnell’s parents say the crash that took their son’s life was an accident.