On Wednesday, one of the four former Minneapolis police officers who were present at the site of George Floyd’s murder and have been charged with manslaughter received their sentence.
Thomas Lane was given a sentence of three years in prison for his role in the murder of Floyd. Lane had previously entered a guilty plea to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
As a result of Floyd’s civil rights being violated, he was already serving a federal term of two and a half years. According to the media, the sentencing that took place on Wednesday will not result in any further jail time for Lane.
In the course of negotiating a plea bargain with the office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, he agreed to plead guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter on the condition that he receive a three-year state sentence to be served concurrently with his federal sentence. This stipulation was included in the terms of the agreement.