Federal prison locations for Kueng, Thao revealed
UPDATE 10/5/22: The places of detention for two former Minneapolis police officers have been revealed early Wednesday morning, one day after their federal sentences began.
Former officer J Alexander Kueng is at a low-security prison in Elkton, Ohio, while former officer Tou Thao is at a minimum-security prison in Lexington, Kentucky.
Low-security federal prisons have higher inmate-to-staff ratios and stricter monitoring than minimum-security prisons.
Read an earlier version of this story below.
INITIAL REPORT 10/4/22: The federal sentences for former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng are scheduled to begin Tuesday.
Thao and Kueng were among the four former officers charged in connection to violating George Floyd’s civil rights.
As previously reported, Thao was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, while Kueng received a three-year sentence. Meanwhile, former officer Thomas Lane received a two-and-a-half-year federal sentence, and former officer Derek Chauvin received a 21-year sentence on a federal charge of violating Floyd’s civil rights.
The Bureau of Prisons typically assigns a federal facility, but the agency hasn’t publicly said where Thao and Kueng will go.
Lane is serving his federal and state sentences at a low-security federal prison camp in Littleton, Colorado. Chauvin, however, is serving his sentences at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona.
Both Kueng and Thao are scheduled to go to trial for their state charges relating to Floyd’s death. Jury selection is expected to begin Oct. 24, while opening statements are set for Nov. 7.
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