Sentencing of 2 former Minneapolis officers set for Wednesday

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The sentencing of two former Minneapolis police officers convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights has been set for next week.

Attorneys for Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, along with federal prosecutors, in a hearing on Friday discussed how they believe Thao’s and Kueng’s sentences should be calculated.

According to one expert, there’s reason to believe they could see lighter sentences than stated in federal guidelines. That’s due to the sentencing of the other officers involved in Floyd’s murder — Thomas Lane and Derek Chauvin.

As previously reported Thursday, Lane was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Meanwhile, Chauvin was sentenced to just over 20 years last month after pleading guilty to federal charges.

Thao and Kueng are also awaiting trial for state charges connected to Floyd’s murder.

In the hearing, Judge Paul Magnuson said he’d like to sentence the former officers as soon as next week. However, due to other circumstances, it’s unclear if that will be possible.

Their sentencing has now been set for Wednesday morning, with Kueng at 10 a.m. and Thao at 11 a.m.

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