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Thao agreed to a bench trial
At a hearing in St. Paul, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson sentenced Tou Thao, 36, to 3½ years. Earlier Wednesday, he sentenced J. Alexander Kueng, 28, to three years. A third officer, Thomas Lane, 39, was sentenced last Thursday to 2½ years in prison.
As the cashier who accepted George Floyd's counterfeit $20 bill, Christopher Martin had a front-and-center view when a normal work day became an international story. Speaking at TEDxFargo Thursday, July 21, Martin shared his story and called on the hundreds in attendance to "rise" through adversity.
As part of his federal plea agreement, Chauvin will serve his state and federal sentences at the same time in federal prison.
The former officer faces 20 to 25 years for violating George Floyd's civil rights
Jury selection in the case was set to begin June 14. Opening statements were slated for July 5.

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City officials declined to be interviewed about the future of the building at 3000 Minnehaha Ave. In a statement, the city said it’s being maintained and is monitored regularly, but that there was limited information to share as it examines options.
By entering the plea on Wednesday, now-former officer Thomas Lane avoided an upcoming trial on the more serious charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Chauvin pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to violating Floyd's civil rights. He will serve his federal sentence concurrently with his prison time from his state conviction in Floyd’s murder.

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