Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sentenced for murder of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin still faces a federal trial on civil rights charges in Floyd’s death.

Posted: Jun 25, 2021 12:56 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2021 1:07 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —

UPDATE: After hearing victim impact statements from members of George Floyd's family on Friday, Judge Peter Cahill delivered former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's sentence.

Judge Cahill sentenced Chauvin to 270 months in prison — 22 1/2 years. Chauvin was granted credit of 199 days for his time served in jail.

The punishment handed out Friday fell short of the 30 years that prosecutors had requested. With good behavior, Chauvin, 45, could be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence, or about 15 years.

Cahill said prior to delivering the sentence that his remarks would be brief and not "profound or clever," but that there would be a lengthy written legal analysis to accompany the ruling. Cahil pledged that the sentence was not based on emotion, sympathy, or public opinion, but on his close analysis of the case and the laws involved.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.


INITIAL REPORT: Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is set to learn his fate as a Minnesota judge sentences him for murder in the death of George Floyd.

The 45-year-old Chauvin faces decades in prison, with several legal experts predicting a sentence of 20 to 25 years. He still faces a federal trial on civil rights charges in Floyd’s death.

Friday’s hearing will take place at a county courthouse that no longer has the concrete barricades, razor wire and National Guard members that were in place as the city and nation held its breath for the verdict in Chauvin’s trial.

Also Friday, Judge Peter Cahill denied a defense request for a new trial, saying the defense hasn't shown Chauvin was deprived of his right to a fair trial.

An attorney for George Floyd's family says family members are feeling anxious as they wait to hear the sentence for the former Minneapolis police officer. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder and other charges in Floyd's May 25, 2020, death and he faces a practical maximum of 30 years when he's sentenced on Friday.

Family attorney Ben Crump told The Associated Press that family members are feeling “anxious and tense." Floyd's brother Philonise, his brother Terrence and his nephew Brandon Williams plan to make victim impact statements at the hearing.

Crump says that while Floyd is seen as a cause by many, he is the family members' flesh and blood.

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