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George Floyd: Former Minneapolis police officer sentenced to two-and-a-half years for role in killing | US News

A former police officer has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for his role in the murder of George Floyd.

Back in February, Thomas Lane was found guilty of depriving Mr Floyd of medical care when he died in May 2020 under the knee of then-officer Derek Chauvin.

Appearing in court Thursday, Lane did not speak during his sentencing and was ordered to surrender to U.S. marshals on Oct. 4.

The murder of Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis sparked protests in the city and around the world over racial injustice in police.

Lane, who is white, held Mr Floyd’s legs while Chauvin was fastened for almost nine and a half minutes.

Two other officers, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, were also convicted of violating Mr Floyd’s civil rights and will be convicted later.

While Lane will serve two-and-a-half months behind bars, federal prosecutors had asked for a sentence of up to six and a half years.

His lawyer Earl Gray asked for a little over two years, arguing that Lane was the least guilty of the officers in part because he had asked his colleagues twice whether Mr. Floyd would be turned on his side.

When Lane pleaded guilty, Mr Gray said he hoped to avoid a lengthy sentence.

“He has a newborn baby and did not want to risk being a part of the baby’s life,” he said.

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George Floyd was killed while under arrest in Minneapolis

‘Angry and tired’

However, the sentence was not welcomed by Mr Floyd’s family, with his brother Philonise calling it “insulting”.

He said Lane was “an accessory to murder” and this shows that “the whole criminal system needs to be dismantled and rebuilt”.

Brandon Williams, a cousin of Mr Floyd, said he was “angry and tired”.

During his trial, Lane said he did not realize how serious the 46-year-old’s condition was until paramedics turned him over.

But, prosecutor Manda Sertich told the court that while Lane knew Mr Floyd was in need, he “did nothing” to give him the medical help he knew he “needed so desperately”.

Derek Chauvin speaks prior to his conviction
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Derek Chauvin

Chauvin pleaded guilty to divorce of civil rights in December in the murder of Mr Floyd and in an unrelated case involving a black teenager.

As a result, he received 21 years in prison that was after the low end of the range of 20 to 25 years both sides agreed under his plea agreement.

Chauvin had already served a 22-and-a-half year state court sentence for second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

His federal and state sentences run simultaneously.

George Floyd: Former Minneapolis police officer sentenced to two-and-a-half years for role in killing | US News

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