Derek Chauvin Is Sentenced to 22 1/2 Years In Prison For The Murder Of George Floyd

The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty on all charges over the murder of Floyd, whose death sparked nationwide protests against anti-Black violence last year.

new york, ny   july 13 a mural painted by artist kenny altidor depicting george floyd is unveiled on a sidewall of ctown supermarket on july 13, 2020 in the brooklyn borough new york city george floyd was killed by a white police officer in minneapolis and his death has sparked a national reckoning about race and policing in the united states  photo by stephanie keithgetty images
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Update, June 26, 2021: Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd last May, will be going to prison for a long time. On June 25, Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years following his guilty verdict in April. Under Minnesota law, per CNN, Chauvin will have to serve at least two thirds of his sentence, or 15 years, before he is eligible for supervised release.

In his 22-page sentencing memorandum, Judge Peter Cahill said the harsh sentence was justified because Chauvin "abused his position of trust or authority" and treated Floyd with "particular cruelty." State prosecutors had requested a 30-year sentence.

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump commented on the historic sentencing, saying that it brings the country "one step closer to healing by bringing closure and accountability."

Original post, last updated on Apr. 20, 2021: After less than one day of deliberation, jurors have found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges of murdering George Floyd, whose death last May sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and anti-Black violence.

A verdict was reached after the jury of seven women and five men deliberated for about 10 hours after three weeks of witness testimony.

Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd's neck for nine and a half minutes, faced second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter charges. The most severe of these charges, second-degree murder, carries a maximum sentence of 40 years. His sentencing hearing will be held in eight weeks. After the guilty verdict, prosecutors also asked that Chauvin's bail be revoked, which the judge granted.

The charges required prosecutors to argue that Chauvin committed an assault against Floyd and that this assault played a substantial role in his death, specifically from low oxygen, or asphyxia. Meanwhile, the defense claimed that Floyd's use of drugs and a preexisting heart condition led to his death.

Chauvin had previously agreed to plead guilty to the charge of third-degree murder, which could have landed him in prison for more than 10 years, days after Floyd's death, but then Attorney General William Barr rejected the plea deal, worrying that the growing swell of protesters nationwide would see the arrangement as too lenient.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last Memorial Day after a convenience store clerk called police about a customer's suspected use of a counterfeit bill. Arriving on the scene, three officers pinned Floyd to the ground and handcuffed him. Then, Chauvin, a white officer, kneeled on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. In video footage captured by a bystander, Floyd is heard saying, "I can't breathe, officer."

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