CAMP VERDE -- Richard Butts will get a couple more weeks before the plea bargain offered in two separate cases pending against him presented to the court.
It appears that the documents proposing the plea agreement have been presented to the defendant during a court appearance Monday, but details were not released during at the time.
The plea agreement has taken a ploddingly long time. Beginning last September, the defense began asking for a continuance of the proceedings so that negotiations could continue with the prosecution. To date, there have been seven delays in the proceedings since that time.
A so-called Donald Hearing had been scheduled this week to allow Butts to compare possible sentences, whether he is convicted of all the charges in both cases during jury trials or, on the other hand, if he accepts the plea agreement.
Now, a two-week continuance was granted again. This time, the hearing was delayed to allow the involved prosecutor, Bob Johnson, to be in court for the proceedings.
In addition to the firebombing of a $3.7 million medical helicopter, Judge Michael Bluff wants to make sure that the plea also includes Butts' DUI accident that originated out of Mayer Justice Court and included assault and endangerment charges.
Family members had gathered in court for the proceedings, only to be disappointed when the case did not proceed.