Both of the former police officers found guilty in George Floyd’s death have received prison sentences.
J., formerly of the Minneapolis police, On Wednesday, July 27, the U.S. sentenced Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao. Judge Paul Magnuson of the district court.
According to St. Paul ABC affiliate KSTP, Magnuson sentenced Kueng to three years in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release. Magnuson noted that Kueng was a rookie police officer at the time of Floyd’s death.
Magnuson sentenced Thao, who had been with the Minneapolis Police Department for nine years at the time of Floyd’s death, to three and a half years in jail, followed by two years of supervised release, according to KSTP.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Manda Sertich told Magnuson that Kueng admitted during his trial testimony that he was aware that it was his duty to intervene, but he failed to act.
“All he had to do per MPD policy was attempt to intervene … but he didn’t say a word. Not one word,” Sertich said, according to KSTP.
Kueng declined to make a statement in court before he was sentenced. But his attorney, Thomas Plunkett, spoke on his behalf, telling Magnuson, “He’s a nice young man that attempted to help the community by taking on a difficult role … and now he’s being sentenced for that.”
Both Kueng, 28, and Thao, 35, were convicted by a federal jury in February along with their former police colleague Thomas Lane, 39, who received a sentence last week of 2 1/2 years in prison for violating Floyd’s civil rights.