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Former police officer who knelt on the back of George Floyd jailed for aiding and abetting

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The former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s back while another officer knelt on the black man’s neck has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

J Alexander Kueng pleaded guilty in October to a state charge of accessory to second-degree manslaughter.

In exchange, a charge of complicity in the murder was dropped.

Kueng is already serving a federal sentence for violating Mr. Floyd’s civil rights, and the state and federal sentences will run concurrently.

Kueng appeared at the hearing via video from a federal prison in Ohio. When he was given the opportunity to address the court, he refused.

With credit for time served and differing parole guidelines in the state and federal systems, Kueng is likely to serve a total of approximately two and a half years behind bars.

Members of Mr. Floyd’s family were entitled to make victim impact statements, but none did.

Attorney Ben Crump, who has represented the family, said in a statement ahead of the hearing that Kueng’s sentence “provides another kind of justice for the Floyd family.”

“As the family faces another Christmas season without George, we hope that moments like these continue to bring them some peace, knowing that George’s death was not in vain,” he said.

Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine and a half minutes as Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe and eventually went limp.