Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane sentenced to 30 months in George Floyd death

Thomas Lane faces two and a half years in federal prison over death of George Floyd

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Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane was sentenced to 30 months in prison Thursday for violating George Floyd's civil rights.

The ruling comes more than two years after the death of Floyd occurred when his upper airway was compressed after his hands were bound and a knee was pressed into his back, preventing him from being able to breathe. 

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Lane was one of four Minneapolis police officers charged in connection to the murder of the 46-year-old Black man, and he was convicted in February for depriving Floyd medical care during his arrest.

This photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows Thomas Lane.

This photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows Thomas Lane. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP File)

Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd’s back, was sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison earlier this month.

But Lane, who was heard on body camera footage during the arrest questioning whether they should roll Floyd over after he complained of not being able to breathe, reached a plea deal and pleaded guilty to the charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

He agreed in May to serve three years behind bars, though federal prosecutors were seeking more than double that time.

The sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson was well below the six-and-a-half-year sentencing prosecutors and Floyd’s family had pushed for. 

This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows, from left, Minneapolis Police Officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin.

This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows, from left, Minneapolis Police Officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

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Former officers J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao also were found guilty of violating Floyd's civil rights earlier this year, and they are expected to land more time in prison than Lane. 

Lane, who remains free on bond through Oct. 4, will face another round of sentencing on state-related charges in September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.