Sause will enter a plea bargain

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Lake Oswego resident Cory Sause, who is charged in the death of college student Patrick Kibler in a car crash Dec. 21, 2004, will enter a plea bargain at 9 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Clackamas County Courthouse.

Clackamas County Chief Deputy District Attorney Greg Horner offered no further details.

Back in April, a trial date was set for Aug. 8 for Sause. Now that date will be used for the plea bargain.

In a criminal procedure, a plea bargain typically is a negotiation between the defendant and attorney on one side and the prosecutor on the other, in which the defendant agrees to plead 'guilty' or 'no contest' to some crimes, in return for reduction of the severity or dismissal of some of the charges. The judge must agree to the plea bargain before accepting the sentence.

Following the fatal crash, which took place on South Shore Boulevard and also injured Kibler's brother, Sause posted 10 percent of her $250,000 bail and was later arraigned at the courthouse.

The following September, Lake Oswego Police charged Sause with second-degree manslaughter, third-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.