Derek Chauvin has been Sentenced to 22.5 years in Prison for the Killing of George Floyd by a Minnesota Judge
Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison by Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill on Friday for the murder of George Floyd in 2020. In April 2021, the former Minneapolis cop was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Prosecutors successfully claimed that owing to multiple aggravating elements, a heavier sentence was required. As a result, the decision was a ten-year increase beyond the suggested second-degree murder sentence guideline.
Only a few brief comments were made before the punishment was announced. I want to express my heartfelt condolences to all of the families, particularly the Floyd family. It was also noted that his choice was not based on emotion or pity. Victim impact statements were given by members of Floyd's family, including his seven-year-old daughter Gianna.
Chauvin spoke before the court briefly, stating that he could not say much more because of other legal concerns. “Very briefly,” he said, “I want to express my sympathies to the Floyd family; there will be some further information in the future that will be of interest, and I hope certain things will provide you with some peace of mind.”
Prosecutors asked for a maximum penalty of 30 years, but Chauvin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, asked for a probationary term and a fresh trial. Hours before the planned sentence, this motion was denied. Chauvin may spend the final one-third of his term on permitted release under Minnesota's "Good Time" legislation.