Ex-Minneapolis cop Thomas Lane sentenced to 3 years on manslaughter in George Floyd death

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One of four former Minneapolis police officers at the scene of George Floyd’s death learned his sentence on manslaughter charges on Wednesday. 

Thomas Lane, who already pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Floyd, was sentenced to three years. 

He was already serving a 2 1/2-year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights. FOX 9 Minneapolis reported that Wednesday’s sentencing means no additional jail time for Lane. 

In reaching a plea deal with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office, he agreed to plead guilty to the aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter under the contingency that he get a three-year state sentence to be served at the same time as his federal sentence. 

This photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Thomas Lane.

This photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Thomas Lane. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP File)

Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is White, pinned the 46-year-old Black man to the ground with a knee to his neck as he repeatedly said that he couldn’t breathe. Lane, who is White, held down Floyd’s legs. Alexander Kueng, who is Black, knelt on Floyd’s back, and Tou Thao, who is Hmong-American, kept bystanders from intervening during the approximately 9 1/2-minute restraint. 

Bystander video went viral online, prompting several nights of violent rioting in Minneapolis, as well as other metropolitan areas of the country, as well as daytime demonstrations in the name of the Black Lives Matter racial justice movement. 

Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter and was given a 22 1/2-year state sentence in 2021. He also pleaded guilty to a federal count of violating Floyd’s civil rights. His state and federal sentences are being served at the same time.

Kueng and Thao were also convicted on federal civil rights charges and were sentenced to three and 3 1/2 years, respectively. They have not yet reported to federal prison, and are scheduled to go to trial on state charges of aiding and abetting both murder and manslaughter in October.


The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates. 


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