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[BREAKING] Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years For George Floyd Murder

[BREAKING] Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years For George Floyd Murder

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, was sentenced Friday to 22 and a half years in prison, closing a chapter on a case that sparked global outrage and protests. Chauvin was granted credit for time served.

Chauvin was convicted in April of second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors had asked that Chauvin receive 30 years in prison. His lawyer sought probation.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 21: In this photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin poses for a booking photo after his conviction April 21, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges in the murder of George Floyd. (Photo by Minnesota Department of Corrections via Getty Images)

Hours before the hearing began, District Judge Peter Cahill denied a request from Chauvin’s attorney for a new trial. Cahill also denied a request to hold a hearing on juror misconduct. The judge told Chauvin that the sentence was not based on public opinion, “emotion or sympathy.” He said he was not trying to “send any messages.”

“This is based on your abuse of a position of trust and authority and also the particular cruelty shown to George Floyd,” Cahill told Chauvin. The judge said he also wanted to “acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family.

[People gather at the unveiling of artist Kenny Altidor’s memorial portrait of George Floyd – who died 25 May in Minneapolis with police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes – painted on a storefront sidewall of CTown Supermarket on July 13, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images]
The sentencing hearing began with statements from four of George Floyd’s family members. Floyd’s daughter Gianna, his brothers Terrence Floyd and Philonise Floyd, and his nephew Brandon Williams all spoke during the hearing.

Gianna, who appeared by video, said she asks about her father “all the time” and misses that he is not around to help her brush her teeth at night. I want to play with him, have fun, go on a plane ride,” the 7-year-old said.

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Philonise Floyd said that he has begged every day for justice to be served. “George’s life mattered,” he said. “I am asking that you please find it suitable to give Officer Chauvin the maximum sentence possible. My family and I have been given a life sentence.”

 

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