Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22-and-a-half years in prison for the death of George Floyd.
Prosecutors had been seeking a 30 year sentence for Chauvin, while Chauvin’s attorneys were seeking probation.
“This was nine-and-a-half minutes of cruelty,” prosecutor Matthew Frank told the court. “This was not the typical second-degree murder.”
“The law does not differentiate between second-degree murders,” defense attorney Eric Nelson responded during his statement. “Two-thirds of the people in this situation received a guidelines sentence.”
Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines recommend 12-and-a-half years for second-degree murder, but Judge Peter Cahill found four aggravating factors in the case, which means Chauvin could have received additional time than he was given, according to Axios. Chauvin could have faced a maximum sentence of 40 years.
Multiple family members of Floyd offered impact statements. Floyd’s family requested the maximum sentence. Chauvin did not offer a full statement, but he did express condolences to the family.
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