What is Derek Chauvin's sentence for the murder of George Floyd?

What is Derek Chauvin's sentence for the murder of George Floyd?

12/15/2021

DEREK Chauvin, the Minnesota cop who killed George Floyd, received his jail sentence after he was convicted on two counts of murder.

George Floyd's death sparked the Black Lives Matter protests which spread around the world.

Read our Derek Chauvin sentencing live blog for the very latest news and updates…

What did Derek Chauvin do?

Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds during an arrest on Memorial Day 2020.

Floyd allegedly passed a counterfeit $20 bill at a store before he struggled with police officers who arrived to investigate. Chauvin arrived as backup.

Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck, prosecutors successfully argued, was the direct cause of his death.

They laid out evidence that he died from low levels of oxygen.

One of the most sensational pieces of testimony during the trial was delivered on the stand by Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who openly condemned the actions of Chauvin during Floyd's arrest.

Arradondo said Chauvin – who was fired from the department after Floyd's death – failed to follow department use-of-force, de-escalation, and duty to render air policies.

"I absolutely agree that violates our policy," Chief Arrandondo said when asked about Chauvin's tactics by the prosecutor.

"That is not part of our policy; that is not what we teach," he added.

He later added that Chauvin's actions may have been acceptable during "the first few seconds" of his interaction with Floyd, but not after the man was subdued.

“Once Mr. Floyd had stopped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that, that should have stopped,” Arradondo said.

What is Derek Chauvin's sentence for the murder of George Floyd?

Chauvin was sentenced on Friday, 25 June.

Chauvin will be sentenced only on the most serious charge under Minnesota law, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.

Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison. He was given credit for the time he served.

The former Minneapolis cop spoke briefly on Friday afternoon, before his monumental sentencing.

"At this time due to some additional legal matters at hand I'm not able to give a full statement at this time, but very briefly though I want to send my condolences to the Floyd family," Chauvin said.

"There's going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest and I hope things will give you some peace of mind."

Chauvin's mom, Carolyn Pawlenty, also spoke for the first time, telling the judge "my son is a good man."

Members of Floyd's family also spoke in court, including his seven-year-old daughter, Gianna, who issued a statement in a pre-recorded video.

"I miss you and and I love you," she said.

How long does Derek Chauvin face in prison?

Chauvin was found guilty on two counts of murder – second-degree unintentional murder and third-degree murder.

According to Minnesota guidelines, each murder charge carries 12.5 years for someone like Chauvin who does not have any prior criminal history.

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However, Minnesota has asked for a stricter sentence due to several factors – including that the attack happened in front of kids and that George Floyd was treated with "particular cruelty".

On Friday, June 25, Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison.

He is also awaiting trial on federal civil rights charges in Floyd’s death, along with three other fired officers who have yet to have their state trials.

However, months after pleading not guilty, he changed his toned and signed a guilty plea in St Paul's federal court on Wednesday, December 15.

The charges can carry a maximum sentence of life in prison or death.

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