Judge Rejects Plea Deal for Ex-W&L Student

By: AP
By: AP

August 22, 2014

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Rockbridge County judge has rejected a plea agreement for a former Washington and Lee University student accused of killing another student and injuring others during a December crash.

The Roanoke Times reports Judge Michael Irvine rejected Nicholas Hansel's plea agreement on Thursday. The terms of the proposed agreement were not released.

Rockbridge County Commonwealth's Attorney Bucky Joyce says a new judge will be assigned and the case will be continued until Sept. 2.

A grand jury indicted has indicted Hansel on involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving charges.

State police have said Hansel was driving a sport utility vehicle carrying 10 other Washington & Lee students when the SUV flipped on Dec. 1, 2013. Twenty-one-year-old Kelsey H. Durkin was killed and several other students were injured.


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