Ex-police officer to report to Colorado prison in Floyd’s murder

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, will serve his time in a low-security federal prison camp in Colorado. .

A court order on Tuesday directed Lane to report to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in the Denver suburb of Littleton on Aug. 30.

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson had recommended that the Bureau of Prisons send Lane to a low-security prison camp in Duluth near his home, but the bureau makes the final decisions about where to house inmates, including safety concerns. The weight of

“He should be fine in there,” said Lane’s defense attorney, Earl Gray.

According to the Bureau of Prisons website, FCI Englewood is a low-security prison for men with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp. It has 1,032 prisoners, of which 97 are in the camp. Housing is dormitory or cubicle style. Life there is highly regimented, including frequent head counts and dawn awakenings.

Mike Brandt, a Minneapolis-area defense attorney who has followed the case closely, said Lane’s assignment makes sense.

“They take into account a variety of factors including the crime they were convicted of, their criminal history score, recommendation from the judge, prior history of violence, etc.,” Brandt said. The crime was not necessarily a ‘violent’ crime and he had no prior record, a low number, which made him eligible for a reduced security facility.

Magnuson had originally ordered Lane to surrender on Oct. 4, but because of the complicated interplay between his federal sentence and his sentencing in state court, the date was moved up to Sept. 21. For aiding and abetting another by reason of a criminal plea. Degree murder.

The judge so far has not changed the Oct. 4 surrender dates for former officers Tu Thao and Jay Alexander Kueng, who were convicted along with Lane in February of federal civil rights charges. Magnuson sentenced them last month to 3 1/2 years and 3 years, respectively, and recommended they go to Duluth or Yankton.

But Thao and Kyung are scheduled to go on trial in state court on Oct. 24 on separate charges of both murder and aiding and abetting murder. He formally rejected the plea agreements on Monday.

Legal experts say it’s not unusual to allow people convicted in federal court to report for sentencing weeks or months later, even in the case of Floyd’s emotional death on May 25, 2020. It was after the death of ex-officer Derek Chauvin below the knee, which gave birth. Protests in Minneapolis and around the world over racial injustice and policing.

Chauvin, who was sentenced to 22 1/2 years on state murder and manslaughter charges and 21 years on federal civil rights charges, is being held at an as-yet-undisclosed federal prison at the state’s maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights. Transfer pending.

Other former law enforcement officers at the Littleton prison have been convicted of federal crimes, including former North Charleston, South Carolina, officer Michael Slager, who is serving 20 years on civil rights charges for killing Walter Scott. An unarmed black man serving a traffic stop in 2015; and former Orange County, Calif., Sheriff Mike Carona, who was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in 2009 for witness tampering.

Other high-profile former Englewood inmates include former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was sentenced to 14 years in 2012 for corruption but had his sentence commuted in 2020 by then-President Donald Trump. was Another was former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, who was convicted of corruption in 2012. More than 12 years have passed in Englewood and elsewhere, beginning in 2006, for securities fraud and other crimes.

There’s still former Subway pitchman Jared Fogel, who was sentenced in 2015 to more than 15 years for child pornography offenses and unlawful sexual conduct with a child.

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