Derek Chauvin, Cop Who Murdered George Floyd Sentenced To 22.5 Years In Prison
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who last year sparked protests across the world, following his callous murder of George Floyd has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. The sentence was delivered by Minnesota judge Peter Cahill on Friday.
Judge Peter Cahill ordered Chauvin to serve 22.5 years behind bars with credit for 199 days served. The judge also banned Chauvin from possessing firearms for the remainder of his life. The disgraced former police officer was also ordered to provide a sample of his DNA and to register as a predatory offender.
In passing sentence, Judge Cahill said,
“I have reviewed the presentence investigation and carefully considered all the facts in the case of the law.
“Determining the appropriate sentence in any case and in this case is a legal analysis.
“This sentence is not based on emotion or sympathy, but at the same time I want to acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family.”
The sentence comes after a 12-member jury took just over 10 hours of deliberations, to find 45-year-old Chauvin guilty of all three charges that he was facing back in April.
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree intentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
At the sentencing, George Floyd’s family called on the court to impose the maximum sentence. Floyd’s daughter Gianna Floyd told the court,
“I ask about him all the time. I want to play with him, have fun, go on a plane ride.”
The prosecution had also called on the court to consider the cruel manner in which Floyd had died.
“He was suffocated there’s no other way to say it. That is particularly cruel. This is 9 and a half minutes of cruelty to a man who is helpless and begging for his life,” said Assistant Minnesota Attorney General Matthew Frank.
Ahead of the sentencing, Chauvin’s defence attorney Eric Nelson had called on the court to consider a minimum sentence for the former police officer. In early June, the lawyers had requested for Chauvin to be sentenced to probation.
“In spite of the notoriety surrounding this case, the Court must look to the facts. They all point to the single most important fact: Mr Chauvin did not intend to cause George Floyd’s death. He believed he was doing his job,” Nelson wrote.
Three fellow officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, fired from the Minneapolis police department along with Chauvin, were each charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. They are all expected to stand trial together in August.
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