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Family speaks out on an expected plea deal in the deaths of two University High School students

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McKenzie Mott on the left, Josie Freier on the right McKenzie Mott on the left, Josie Freier on the right
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The family of Josie Freier tells KHQ the prosecution and defense in the case against Preston Maher have reached a plea deal, and they say they're not satisfied.

Rick Freier, Josie's father, says the prosecutor presented the deal to both victims' families almost two weeks ago. The deal was 60 days in a juvenile detention center which is 30 days for each count of vehicular homicide. Freier says that's not even close to the minimum sentence outlined by the state legislature.

"People do dumb things," Freier said. "We're flawed. What we do after tells people who we are. People need to be held accountable. We're just asking the guidelines be followed."

Freier said it's not about hate, but about justice for his daughter and setting an example for other teenagers out there, but either way, he said, his loss is the same.

"No matter what happens I'm stuck with a life sentence without my little girl," Freier said.

The prosecutor did not return KHQ's calls Wednesday, but a judge's clerk says there is a plea hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.  Freier says both victims' families will be at that hearing, and they'll plead their case to the judge then. The judge can change the sentence, and does not have to adhere to the conditions of a plea agreement.

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On Tuesday there were new developments in the vehicular homicide case of Preston Maher. Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies say Maher was driving a car that crashed into a tree last year in Spokane Valley, killing two University High School students: Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott.A hearing in Maher's case is set for Thursday, and during that case the young man is expected to agree to a plea deal. KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus has been in touch with McKenzie Mott's family, who say they are less than pleased with the terms of the plea deal. That could be a factor in the judge's final ruling.

Mott and Freier were just 15 and 16-years old when they were killed in October. Their friend, 16-year-old Preston Maher, was driving the vehicle. An investigation showed he may have been speeding, and trying to get air on bump in the road. It's an area where teen drivers have been known to do that. Investigators say Maher lost control of the vehicle and careened off the road into a tree, where his two passengers were killed.

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