Derek Chauvin Sentenced To 22.5 Years In Prison For Murdering George Floyd
A Minnesota judge on Friday sentenced former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin to 22 and a half years in prison for murdering George Floyd, doling out a harsher-than-recommended punishment due to Chauvin’s “abuse of a position of trust and authority” and the “particularly cruelty” he showed to Floyd.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill announced his decision during a Friday hearing to give the 45-year-old ex-cop 10 years longer than the presumptive sentence for his second second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter convictions.
Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd during an arrest over a counterfeit $20 bill in May of last year involving three other Minneapolis Police Department officers. Slammed with the most severe charges for his behavior, Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, with medical experts testifying at trial the restraint stretched on for minutes after Floyd took his final breath. A 12-person jury convicted him on all three charges after nearly three weeks of trial and just over 10 hours of deliberation.
As one of very few police to be convicted of murder for an on-duty killing, Chauvin has been held in Minnesota’s highest-security prison, where he has been kept in an isolated cell for 23 hours a day, since the jury conviction.
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The other three officers—Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao—will stand trial together on aiding and abetting counts late this summer. All four were charged by a federal grand jury with violating Floyd’s civil rights.