Roommates, following his conviction for the murder of George Floyd back in April, Derek Chauvin was officially sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison after previously being found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. He will also receive credit for time already served.
Two months after he was quickly found guilty for the May 2020 murder of George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for over nine minutes, former Minneapolis Police officer and convicted murderer Derek Chauvin was formally sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison.
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Before he announced the amount of time that Chauvin would serve, Judge Cahill stated that his sentencing was not based on emotion, public opinion or sending a message—instead he said it was based on the facts presented in the case.
While prosecutors in the case had previously asked for the maximum 30-year sentence and Chauvin’s defense team wanted probation along with time served, Judge Cahill leaned toward a heavier sentence than a lighter one. Derek Chauvin was initially facing 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter.
However, because he had no previous criminal record, Minnesota state guidelines state that his sentence for both second-degree and third-degree murder could only be 12 ½ years—but Judge Cahill was allowed to hand an additional sentence of 10 to 15 years for each count Chauvin was convicted of.
Derek Chauvin was immediately taken back into police custody and transferred to the Minnesota Correctional Facility.
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