Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22½ years in jail for the homicide of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin and George Floyd

Roommate, following his April conviction for the murder of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin was officially sentenced to 22½ years in prison after previously convicted of accidental second degree, third degree and second degree homicide. The time already worked is also credited to him.

Two months after he was convicted of the May 2020 murder of George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, former Minneapolis police officer and convicted killer Derek Chauvin was formally sentenced to 22½ years in prison.

Before announcing the sentence for chauvin, Judge Cahill stated that his conviction was based not on emotion, public opinion or sending a message, but on the facts presented in the case.

While prosecutors in the case had previously called for the maximum sentence of 30 years and Chauvin’s defense team called for a suspended sentence in addition to the served sentence, Judge Cahill tended towards a heavier than a lighter sentence. Derek Chauvin initially faced 40 years imprisonment for second degree murder, up to 25 years for third degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter.

However, since he had no previous convictions, Minnesota state guidelines state that his sentence could only be 12½ years for both second and third degree murders – but Judge Cahill was allowed an additional 10 to 15 year sentence for each Count chauvin sentenced.

Derek Chauvin was immediately taken back into police custody and taken to the Minnesota Correctional Facility.

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