Thomas Lane, the former police officer who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the murder of George Floyd, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday.
The former Minneapolis police officer is already in prison serving a 2.5-year federal sentence for violating the civil rights of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man.
In May 2020, Lane held Floyd’s legs as he said he couldn’t breathe. At the same time, former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, killing him.
Lane’s hearing on Wednesday was held via WebEx, as he is serving a 30-month sentence in a federal prison in Colorado for violating Floyd’s civil rights by failing to provide medical care after Chauvin knelt on his neck.
Judge Peter Cahill said he accepted a plea deal to convict Lane under the guidelines because the former officer claimed responsibility for what he had done. As part of the plea deal, a charge of complicity and complicity in second-degree murder was dropped.
“I think it was a very wise decision for you to accept responsibility and move on with your life,” Cahill said.
He will serve both sentences at the same time, although he is likely to serve two years of his state sentence in prison and the rest in supervised probation.
Evidence in the case showed that Lane asked Chauvin twice if Floyd should be turned over and placed on his side during the fatal encounter. Despite his questioning, Lane still helped restrain Floyd to the sidewalk.
The other two officers involved, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, are due to stand trial next month for complicity and complicity in second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.
Kueng had helped contain Floyd while Thao had held back onlookers. All three ex-cops received the same plea deal, but only Lane accepted.
Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years in prison on separate federal civil rights charges in the murder of Floyd earlier this month. He had previously been sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison after being convicted in state court of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
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Source : metro.co.uk