Former cop Lane reports to Colorado jail for Floyd murder

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Raine. 2 and a half years in prison He will spend time in a low-security federal prison camp in Colorado for allegedly violating George Floyd’s civil rights.

A court order Tuesday ordered Lane to appear at the federal correctional facility Englewood in the Denver suburb of Lyttelton 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, closer to his home, but the Bureau considered safety concerns and decided not to serve the sentence. make the final decision on where to place the person.

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

According to the Bureau of Prisons website, FCI Englewood is a men’s low-security prison with an adjacent minimal-security satellite camp. The camp houses his 1,032 inmates, including 97. Residences are dormitory or cubicle style. Life there is very controlled, with frequent head counts and having to wake up at dawn.

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

“They take into account a variety of factors, such as the crimes convicted, criminal record scores, referrals from judges, and prior violence,” Blunt said. A “violent” crime, he had no previous record. He was few in number and qualified for a low security facility. ”

Magnuson originally ordered Lane to surrender on Oct. 4, but moved the date forward due to complex interactions between his federal ruling and a state court ruling scheduled for Sept. 21. rice field. for his guilty plea aiding and abetting second-degree murder;

Judges remain unchanged Surrender Date October 4 For former officers Tho Sao and J. Alexander Kuen Convicted of violating federal civil rights law with Lane in February.Magnuson sentenced them last month At three-and-a-half and three years respectively, they recommended going to Duluth or Yankton.

However, Thao and Keung are due to be tried in state court on October 24 on charges of abetting and abetting murder and manslaughter.they Plea Bargain Formally Denied Monday.

legal Experts say it’s not uncommon To allow people convicted in federal court to report their sentences weeks or months later, even if you get emotional Floyd’s death in the lap of former officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020 sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the world. take into account racial injustice and the police.

Sentenced to 22.5 years on state murder and manslaughter charges and 21 years on federal civil rights violations, Chauvin will remain in Oak Park Heights until he is transferred to an as yet unannounced federal prison. Remains in the state’s largest security prison.

Lyttelton Prison houses other former law enforcement officers convicted of federal crimes, including former North Charleston, South Carolina. Officer Michael Slager The person serving 20 years in prison under the Civil Rights Act for the murder of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who fled a traffic stop in 2015. Former Orange County, California, Sheriff Mike Carona In 2009, he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for tampering with witnesses.

Other famous former Englewood inmates include former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Reported to have served 14 years in prison for corruption in 2012 but received his sentence Commuted by then-President Donald Trump Another is former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, who worked for Englewood and others for more than 12 years from 2006 on securities fraud and other crimes.

there is more Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle In 2015, he was sentenced to over 15 years in prison for child pornography offenses and illicit sexual conduct with children.


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