One of the three former Minneapolis police officers facing trial for the death of George Floyd has pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday.
Thomas Lane was convicted in February of federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights, the African-American man whose May 2020 murder sparked nationwide protests.
Lane, who is white, was due to go to trial next month on charges of aiding and abetting Minnesota’s second-degree murder.
Instead, he pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree homicide, a court spokesman said.
The other two officers, Tu Thao, who is an American, and J. Alexander Queng, a black man, was convicted in February of federal charges and will go to trial on June 13 on state charges.
Derek Chauvin, who was a senior officer at the scene, was convicted of murder last year after a high-profile trial and is serving a 22-year sentence.
Chauvin, who is white, knelt on the neck of the handcuffed Floyd for about 10 minutes until he left and died.
Floyd’s death, which was portrayed by a viewer in a video that went viral, sparked months of protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States and around the world.
Under the appeals agreement, Lane will face up to three years in federal prison, a court spokesman said.
The term coincides with the sentence he will receive in a federal charge. The date of punishment has not been fixed yet.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison welcomed the appeal agreement.
“I am delighted that Thomas Lane has acknowledged responsibility for his role in Floyd’s death,” Ellison said in a statement.
“His confession that he did something wrong is an important step in healing the wounds of the Floyd family, our community and the nation.”
“While accountability is not justice, it is a significant moment in this case and a necessary solution to our continuing journey to justice.”
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