Former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Kueng pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, according to a spokesman for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office is prosecuting the case, reports Joe Barrett for the Wall Street Journal. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the higher charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Kueng, a rookie officer at the time of the murder, knelt on Floyd’s back during the incident that killed Floyd. Kueng received a three-year sentence in a federal trial for violating Floyd’s civil rights. The state and his attorney jointly recommend a 42-month sentence to be served concurrently with the federal offense.