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GEORGE FLOYD

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank offered to drop felony charges against Kueng and Thao for aiding and abetting the second-degree murder of George Floyd if they pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of aiding and abetting manslaughter.
At a hearing in St. Paul, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson sentenced Tou Thao, 36, to 3½ years. Earlier Wednesday, he sentenced J. Alexander Kueng, 28, to three years. A third officer, Thomas Lane, 39, was sentenced last Thursday to 2½ years in prison.
J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao will be sentenced in federal court next week
In his sentence, Judge Paul Magnuson recommended Lane serve his time at a facility in Duluth, with two years of supervised release afterward. He set the date of surrender for Oct. 4

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Federal prosecutors are seeking 61⁄2 years in prison for Lane, well below the more than 20-year sentence a judge imposed on Derek Chauvin earlier this month.
As part of his federal plea agreement, Chauvin will serve his state and federal sentences at the same time in federal prison.
The former officer faces 20 to 25 years for violating George Floyd's civil rights
Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office is leading the prosecution of the two officers, has said the current trial date of Jan. 5 amounts to a delay in the justice that the Floyd family and others are seeking.
Jury selection in the case was set to begin June 14. Opening statements were slated for July 5.
City officials declined to be interviewed about the future of the building at 3000 Minnehaha Ave. In a statement, the city said it’s being maintained and is monitored regularly, but that there was limited information to share as it examines options.

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Many came to mourn and demand greater police accountability, or to show solidarity with residents who have rallied to keep the square an arts-driven memorial to Floyd.
By entering the plea on Wednesday, now-former officer Thomas Lane avoided an upcoming trial on the more serious charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane are charged in Hennepin County District Court with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s killing.

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