Former US police officer gets 3 years in George Floyd killing

by | Sep 21, 2022 | World

A former police officer in the United States who pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd has been sentenced to three years in prison.Judge Peter Cahill accepted a plea agreement for Thomas Lane on Wednesday, saying he would sentence Lane below the guidelines because he accepted responsibility.
“I think it was a very wise decision for you to accept responsibility and move on with your life,” Cahill said, while acknowledging that the Floyd family has not been able to move on with theirs.
Lane, a former police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is already serving a 2.5-year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights.
When it came to the state’s case, prosecutors and Lane’s lawyers had agreed to a recommended sentence of three years — which is below the sentencing guidelines — and prosecutors agreed to allow him to serve that penalty at the same time as his federal sentence, and in a federal prison.
Lane pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd [File: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP Photo]
Floyd died in May 2020 after officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with a knee on the 46-year-old’s neck as Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe.
Lane held down Floyd’s legs during the fatal arrest, while two other officers – J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao – knelt on Floyd’s back and kept bystanders from intervening, respectively, during the 9.5-minute restraint.
Under Minnesota rules, it is presumed Lane would serve two yea …

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