In a case that continues to get more dramatic family members of John Burns, the man who allegedly tried to run over his family with a van, attempted to change his "not guilty" plea to "guilty" this afternoon.
He's charged with resisting arrest, several counts of reckless endangerment and reckless driving. Legal counsel in the case worked out a deal. Felony charges against Burns would be dismissed and Burns would plead guilty to several misdemeanor charges. He would spend 20 days in jail and receive months of supervised probation.
Robert Andis, step son of suspect, said "Naw, I didn't know about 20 days in jail over a measure 11. My brother is doing 3 years over a measure 11."
But Judge Barnack didn't accept the change in plea, after this testimony by a family member in court "There wasn't no accident about this and I'm not going to let these people make it look like one."
Legal counsel says the family originally just wanted Burns to get help. Lawyers say Burns is battling muscular dystrophy but family members say he knew exactly what he was doing. Andis said "He tries to run her down with a van, I'm not going to act like everything is ok". Burns wife, Jean Falgout said "He needs help and I didn't really look into the intent when he did take off with my van."
Family members in the case were instructed to speak with Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe and a pre-trial hearing was scheduled for January 9th, 2012.