Former judge Michael Cook pleaded guilty last fall to a felony weapons charge and a misdemeanor heroin charge in exchange for a prison term of 18 months.
A federal judge has rejected the deal and given both sides until March 19th to come up with a new one.
Cook was charged after his friend and fellow judge, Joe Christ, died of cocaine intoxication on March 10 of 2013 in Pike County Illinois.
The two men were visiting a hunting lodge owned by Cookâ??s family near Pleasant Hill.
Cook had been the subject of a federal investigation into drug use.