Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been sentenced to 270 months, or 22 1/2 years, in prison for the murder of George Floyd.
In April, a Hennepin County jury found Chauvin, guilty of all three counts, he was facing for his role in Floyd’s death.
The charges were second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. However, Chauvin was only sentenced on the most serious of those charges, second-degree unintentional murder.
The sentencing was delivered by Hennepin County Judge, Peter Cahill, on Friday June 25, 2021.
In a 22-page sentencing memorandum Cahill, said he based the sentence on two aggravating factors he found in the case: that Chauvin abused his position of authority as a police officer and that Floyd was treated with particular cruelty. Chauvin will be credited for the 199 days he has already served in prison.
The sentencing memorandum partly read,
“What the sentence is not based on is emotion or sympathy, but at the same time I want to acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family,” the judge said before handing down the sentence. “You have our sympathies.”
“Part of the mission of the Minneapolis Police Department is to give citizens ‘voice and respect.’ Here, Mr. Chauvin, rather than pursuing the MPD mission, treated Mr. Floyd without respect and denied him the dignity owed to all human beings and which he certainly would have extended to a friend or neighbor. In the Court’s view, 270 months, which amounts to an additional ten years over the presumptive 150-month sentence, is the appropriate sentence.”
Recall that George Floyd, 46, died in May 2020, after Chauvin pinned him to the ground and pressed his knee on his neck even as Floyd, who was handcuffed, repeatedly cried out that he could not breathe.
Two other Minneapolis police officers, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, helped restrain Floyd, while a third officer, Tou Thao, held back bystanders and kept them from intervening in the over nine-minute-long restraint.
However, Kueng, Lane and Thao, are all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter for their roles in Floyd’s death.
Meanwhile, their state trial will begin in March 2022.