Former police officer pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of George Floyd

One of three former Minneapolis police officers facing trial for George Floyd’s death He pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter charges.

thomas lane was convicted in February on federal charges of violating the civil rights of Floyd, a black man whose murder in May 2020 sparked national protests in the United States.

Lane, a white police officer, was scheduled to stand trial next month in Minnesota on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

Instead, he pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, a court spokesman said.

The other two officers Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kuengwere convicted in February on federal charges and will go on trial June 13 on state charges.

Derek Chauvin, the most senior officer on the scene who knelt on Floyd’s neck for 10 minutes to death, was sentenced to 22 years in prison last year.

Under the plea agreement, Lane will spend three years in federal prison, a court spokesman said.

The sentence will be paid simultaneously with the federal charges received in another sentence, whose date has not been established.

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