The jury found Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd. The judge handed down a sentence of more than 22 years.
Chauvin’s mother made it clear to the court, that her son was not a racist.
AXIOS – Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison on Friday by a Minnesota judge for the murder of George Floyd.
The sentence from Judge Peter Cahill is about in line with what most legal experts expected. Prosecutors had asked for 30 years.
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, had argued that his client should only receive probation as he was part of a “broken system.”
Chauvin was granted credit for 199 days served.
A presumptive sentence for second-degree murder under Minnesota’s guidelines called for 12.5 years, though the maximum for the charge is 40 years.
Since Cahill found four aggravating factors in Floyd’s murder, he could depart from those guidelines.
In Minnesota, it’s presumptive that prisoners with a good behavioral record will only spend two-thirds of their sentence behind bars — with the rest on parole.
Chauvin spoke very briefly own behalf but did not give a full formal statement due to “some additional legal matters.”
“I’m not able to give a full formal statement at this time…I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family,” he 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.”
Legal experts said it could have hurt him in his appeal of the verdict — and some wondered how much it would sway Cahill.
Chauvin’s mother Carolyn Pawlenty spoke in court on behalf of the family.
“I believe a lengthy sentence will not serve Derek well,” she said. “When you sentence my son, you will also be sentencing me.”
Here are Chauvin’s options and what’s likely to happen next.
“Chauvin’s sentencing is nowhere near the end of the legal road for those involved in Floyd’s murder.
Chauvin has 90 days to appeal the decision — a move he and his defense are team are sure to make. The Minnesota Court of Appeals will then have a year to decide to affirm or overturn the conviction.
Chauvin and the three other former officers present for Floyd’s murder, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, are also facing federal civil rights charges.
The criminal trial for the three other ex-cops is scheduled for March.”
We pointed out earlier in the year that Chauvin’s legal team has an excellent opportunity to appeal. They will undoubtedly pursue this avenue. I hope they have a fair chance with a judge who will not be afraid to render a verdict based on the facts of this case, and not on Democrats’ threats of riots.