A South Florida woman accepted a plea deal Friday for a DUI crash that seriously injured the former principal of South Dade Senior High School.
However, Miami-Dade County Judge Diane Ward withdrew the plea deal. Marilyn Aguilera’s trial has been set to begin Dec. 11.
The judge initially didn’t sign off on the deal because of concern about medication that Aguilera said she took in the morning.
As part of the deal, Marilyn Aguilera would have pleaded guilty to three counts of DUI and would have been sentenced to four years in prison.
She would also have been sentenced to a year of house arrest following her release and two years of probation.
The former high school principal, Javier Perez, lost both his legs in the April 26, 2016, crash and another man, Elias Espinoza, was also injured.
Police said Aguilera was driving drunk when she struck the victims at a children’s baseball game at a West Kendall park.
Authorities said Aguilera remained at the scene after the crash.
Aguilera hired a new attorney this week, who told reporters that she is a childhood friend of the defendant and that she has agreed to represent her pro bono.
“This is unusual because she couldn’t pay her other lawyer,” Ana Davide said after a hearing on Monday. “Because she’s unemployed, she’s a single mom and has no money.”
Aguilera told the judge Friday that she took medication in the morning and Ward questioned her about the side effects of the drugs.
The judge admonished Aguilera earlier in court, telling her to “act like an adult and raise your right hand.”
Ward withdrew the plea deal after asking Aguilera whether she was OK with her representation and Aguilera began talking about the faults of her former attorney.
Prosecutor Laura Adams said the plea deal was a below-guidelines offer because the victims wanted closure.