reply to post by Brotherman
Yes, getting a judge to accept a pea agreement is usually just a formality. But in this case, the judge obviously saw a problem with the agreement.
I don't know what that problem was, it could have been too much time or too little time. Or it may have been outside the sentencing guidelines and
subject to being overturned on appeal. Or it could have been one of a dozen other reasons. If the plea is not accepted, the case is not determined.
Unless there is a new plea agreement that is accepted by the judge, it goes back to trial and new evidence can be introduced as long as they meet the
evidentiary rules for that court.