Ellison doesn't rule out plea deals for other 3 officers charged in Floyd's death

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison isn't ruling out the possibility of plea deals with the three other officers charged in George Floyd's death. 

Ellison, whose office prosecuted Derek Chauvin and is prosecuting former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, appeared on SiriusXM's The Joe Madison Show Tuesday. 

Madison asked Ellison if it's too late for the other officers to cut a deal before their trial beings in August (they'll be tried together).

"It’s possible, but that’s stuff that I wouldn’t be able to discuss publicly," Ellison told Madison.

Ellison also said his office is working on the sentencing recommendations they'll make to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill for Chauvin in the wake of Tuesday's conviction. 

"That is something that I probably should not talk about because it's prospective, but I think everybody can count on us recommending a sentence that is commensurate with the 9 minute and 29 seconds slow death of George Floyd," Ellison said.

Chauvin's sentencing is expected to happen in June, at which point the judge will weigh aggravating factors in the case to determine if a stricter-than-recommended sentence will be handed down. 

A second-degree murder conviction in Minnesota carries a maximum penalty of up to 40 years in prison but state sentencing guidelines call for presumptive prison terms starting at 12.5 years for someone with no criminal history.

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