A state court has sentenced Tou Thao, one of the officers involved in George Floyd’s murder, to four years and nine months in prison, CNN reports.
Thao was the former officer pictured in a video standing in front of former officer Derek Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck. He prevented a group of bystanders from helping Floyd.
Thao faced a stipulated evidence trial for his role in Floyd’s murder, CNN reports. It meant that his conviction was in the hands of Judge Peter Cahill, who also presided over Chauvin’s trial. Judge Cahill ultimately returned with a guilty verdict in May.
According to FOX 9, Judge Cahill sentenced Thao to 57 months in prison on Monday, August 7. The sentence was six months longer than the 51-month sentence the prosecution had recommended.
“I was hoping for a little more remorse, regret, acknowledgment of some responsibility. And less preaching,” Cahill said to Thao during sentencing, according to FOX 9.
Thao is currently serving a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence after being convicted in federal court of depriving Floyd of his civil rights.
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