Former Minneapolis Officer In George Floyd Case Pleads Guilty To State Charge

J. Alexander Keung, who held down Floyd’s back, accepted a plea deal to serve 3½ in prison.

One of the former Minneapolis police officers involved in the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter on Monday (Oct. 24) as jury selection began in the state trial.

The Associated Press reports that J. Alexander Kueng accepted a plea deal to serve 3 ½  years in prison in exchange for dropping a count of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Keung, a rookie officer at the time, kneeled on Floyd’s back for several minutes even though he told the arresting officers that he couldn’t breath. He had faced up to 12½  years if found guilty on the charges.

Also on Monday, former Minneapolis officer Tou Thao, who held back bystanders at the scene, waived his right to a jury trial and opted for the judge to issue a verdict based on written arguments from his lawyer and the prosecutor.

On Sept. 21, a state judge sentenced their former colleague Thomas Lane, who held down Floyd’s legs, to three years in prison on a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Lane had pleaded guilty to the state charges four months earlier and secured a plea deal.

Lane, Kueng and Thao were convicted in February on federal charges of willfully violating Floyd’s civil rights. Lane received a 2½ -year sentence in federal prison. In July, a judge sentenced Kueng to 36 months in prison and Thao to 42 months in prison on the federal charges related to Floyd’s death.

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The three former Minneapolis police officers were at the scene when ex-cop Derek Chauvin was seen on video pressing his knee on the handcuffed Black man’s neck for more than nine minutes.

After a two-week trial, a state jury convicted Chauvin April 20, 2021, on all counts of murder and manslaughter, and sentenced him to 22 ½ years on June 25, 2021. Chauvin pleaded guilty in December of the federal civil rights charges and was sentenced July 7 to 21 years in federal prison.

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