MENOMINEE — The Brian Helfert trial continues after a judge rejected a plea agreement on Thursday, which would’ve had the former Menominee County Sheriff’s deputy serve 12 months after sentencing.

Judge Mary Barglind in Menominee County 41st Circuit Court said her sentencing, under the circumstances, would’ve been longer, with a minimum of 40 months up to five years with the Michigan Department of Corrections.

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