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Top DEQ official takes plea deal in Flint water case

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Liane Shelter Smith faced a charge of involuntary manslaughter, but instead plead to a misdemeanor charge.{ }(Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. -) On Friday, new Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel said she wanted Todd Flood off this case.

That didn't happen, as Flood was back in Judge Jennifer Manley's courtroom Monday.

There is uncertainty over his status, but he wouldn't comment on it.

Whether it played a role in Monday's plea agreement is unclear.

Liane Shelter Smith faced a charge of involuntary manslaughter, but instead plead to a misdemeanor charge.

The judge said "how to you plead?"

Shekter Smith "no contest."

She faces 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.

The agreement includes testifying against others in the case.

Judge Manley added, " If you abide by the terms of the agreement, the charge of disturbance of a lawful meeting shall be dismissed by the prosecutor. "

Shekter Smith replied "yes your honor."

Special Prosecutor Todd Flood added, "her candor, candid and truthfulness to date has been refreshing and I don't see an issue that will arise."

Shekter Smith is the 7th person to take a plea deal in this case.

Patrick Cook is the only remaining defendant in the preliminary exam of the 4 DEQ officials.

His attorney says they are proceeding

It's possible Cook will be given a plea deal as well.

Flood wouldn't comment on that.

Both sides are expected back in court next week.