Federal prosecutors to offer plea to driver in police shooting case

TAMPA — Prosecutors will offer a plea agreement to the driver of the car stopped by two Tampa police officers right before they were killed, according to a document filed in federal court Tuesday.

The terms of the plea deal were not made public. Whether Cortnee Brantley, 22, will accept it remains to be seen.

She has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of misprision of a felony.

Authorities say she concealed the fact that Dontae Morris, her passenger who is accused of shooting Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis in late June, was a felon in possession of ammunition.

A status report filed Tuesday indicates that Brantley will seek to push back her trial date, which was scheduled for Oct. 4.

"The government does not oppose the continuance as the ends of justice may require additional time for the defendant to review discovery and her plea options," Assistant U.S. Attorney James Preston Jr. said in the report.

If there is a trial, it is expected to last one to two days, he said.

Morris, who was arrested after four days on the run, is awaiting trial in a Hillsborough County jail. He also is charged with the murders of two others, Derek Anderson and Harold Wright.

Federal prosecutors to offer plea to driver in police shooting case 09/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 12:47am]

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