Thomas Lane sentenced to 3 years for involvement in George Floyd’s death

Thomas Lane sentenced to 3 years for involvement in George Floyd’s death


A former Minneapolis police officer who pleaded guilty to his role in the murder of George Floyd was sentenced to 3 years in prison during a 10-minute virtual hearing Wednesday morning.

Thomas Lane is already serving 30 months in a federal prison in Colorado for violating George Floyd’s civil rights.

When it comes to the state case, prosecutors and lawyers for Lane agreed to a recommended three-year sentence, and prosecutors agreed to allow him to serve that sentence at the same time as his federal sentence and in a federal prison.

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Thomas Lane
Thomas Lane sentenced to three years for his role in the death of George Floyd

Wednesday’s sentencing hearing was held remotely. Thomas Lane appeared on video from the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution, the low-security federal prison camp in Littleton, Colorado. The entire sentence took about eight minutes, CBS Minnesota reported.


George Floyd, 46, died in May 2020 after police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pinned him to the ground with one knee on Floyd’s neck, as the black man repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.

Thomas Lane, who is white, grabbed Floyd’s legs. J. Alexander Kueng, who is black, knelt on Floyd’s back, and Tou Thao, who is an American Hmong, prevented spectators from intervening during the 9.5-minute containment.

The murder, captured in a widely viewed video by onlookers, sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the world as part of a reckoning over racial injustice.

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

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Kueng and Thao were also convicted on federal civil rights charges and sentenced to three and three and a half years, respectively.

They have yet to appear in federal prison and are scheduled to stand trial on state charges of aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter in October.

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