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BREAKING NEWS: Derek Chauvin is sentenced to 22-and-a-half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin, 45, was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison on Friday for the murder of George Floyd

Chauvin spoke briefly to offer the Floyd family his condolences and said ‘There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest. And I hope things will give you some peace of mind’
Chauvin was found guilty in April on all three counts – second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – for kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes in May 2020

Before sentencing, four victim impact statements were read, including from Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter Gianna Floyd, his nephew Brandon Williams, and his brothers Terrence Floyd and Philonise Floyd

‘I ask about him all the time,’ Gianna said. ‘I was asking how did my dad get hurt. I want to play with him’

‘My life changed forever,’ Philonise said. ‘For an entire year I had to relive George being murdered’

Chauvin’s mother Carolyn Pawlenty made a surprise appearance at Friday’s sentencing

The Floyd family asked the judge to deliver the maximum sentence to Chauvin, without the possibility of parole

Chauvin faces a minimum sentence of 12.5 years and maximum of 40 years for second-degree murder and was only sentenced on that charge because all three stemmed from the same crime

Judge Peter Cahill handed down the sentence of 270 months in addition to the presumptive sentence of 150 months on Friday.

‘This is based on your abuse of your position of trust and authority and also the particular cruelty shown to George Floyd,’ Judge Cahill said.

Chauvin was granted 199 days already served.

The former Minneapolis police officer, dressed in a gray suit and tie with a buzz cut, was found guilty in April on all three counts – second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – for kneeling on 46-year-old Floyd’s neck for nine minutes in May 2020.

The sentencing came after Chauvin spoke briefly to offer the Floyd family his condolences.

Chauvin said he could not give a full statement because of additional legal matters, but said, ‘There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest. And I hope things will give you some peace of mind. Thank you.’

There are still two federal indictments against Chauvin pending – one for George Floyd and one for assaulting a 14-year-old with a flashlight.

Chauvin spoke after four heartbreaking victim impact statements from George Floyd’s family, including from Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter Gianna Floyd, his nephew Brandon Williams, and brothers Terrence Floyd and Philonise Floyd.

Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter Gianna gave a heartbreaking victim impact statement. ‘I ask about him all the time,’ Gianna Floyd said via video. ‘I was asking how did my dad get hurt. I want to play with him.’

Source: Daily mail

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