Roommates, by now we’ve all seen the video of Derek Chauvin being hauled off to where many feel he rightfully belongs—prison! Although Derek was convicted on all three charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, we’re still waiting to see just how long Derek will sit in his new home. After Tuesday’s conviction, presiding Judge Peter Cahill announced that sentencing will happen in eight weeks. We’ve broken down what the next couple weeks of waiting will look like.
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First, at the prosecution’s request, Judge Cahill revoked Derek’s bail. As some of you might know, the former officer secured bail and was released back in October, CNN reported. Derek’s bail being revoked means he will wait to be sentenced from the comfort of jail this time. Derek got those handcuffs slapped on right after the verdict was read. He was taken into custody by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. However, Derek was later transferred to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights. The maximum-security state prison is located about 25 miles outside of downtown Minneapolis, where the trial took place.
In about a week, the court will review written arguments from Derek Chauvin. Then, they will issue factual findings on the writings, according to CNN.
Afterwards, the court will order a pre-sentencing investigation report. This report is typically pulled together by a probation officer, readings by Cornell Law School say. Some information the report will include are: details on any prior criminal record, statements on Derek’s finances, calculations of Derek’s offense level and reviews on applicable sentences and the ranges. This report will be returned in four weeks.
Following the investigation report, the court will hold a briefing on findings in the report. This will happen six weeks from yesterday.
All those steps should be completed within the next eight weeks. At that time, Derek Chauvin will be handed a sentencing for his crimes of murder and manslaughter.
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The judge will make the final call on Derek’s punishment time based on factors like “Floyd’s murder taking place in front of a child and the power dynamic between the officers and civilians,” CNN said.
After the verdict reading, the prosecution continued to apply that pressure on the justice system. They asked for Derek to receive a harsher sentence than Minnesota’s current sentencing guidelines. According to CNN, the state recommends 12.5 years for each murder charge and four years for the manslaughter charge.
However, if given the maximum sentence for each charge, Derek could be a state prisoner for up to 40 years on the second-degree murder charge, up to 25 years on the third-degree murder charge and 10 years for the manslaughter charge.
The correctional facility released an updated mugshot on Wednesday morning, which shows that orange is Derek’s new blue!
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