By Ron Howells • 25 June 2021 • 22:02
BREAKING NEWS: Officer Derek Chauvin Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison For The Killing Of George Floyd. image: Twitter
Officer Derek Chauvin Sentenced To 22.5 Years In Prison For The Killing Of George Floyd
Pushing for the harshest possible sentence on Friday afternoon, prosecutor Matthew Frank told the Minneapolis court that this was “not the typical second-degree unintentional murder.” Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson urged that justice should not be served according to “public opinion.”
The court heard victim impact statements from members of Floyd’s family, including his brother Terrence Floyd who addressed Chauvin directly, asking: “What was going through your head when you had your knee on my brother’s neck?” Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter Gianna appeared by video.
The court also heard from Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, who said it was difficult for her to hear and read how the media, public and prosecution had portrayed her son. She described him as a “good man,” saying he had dedicated his life to the police department and urged a lighter sentence.
Chauvin stood to offer “condolences” to the Floyd family, but citing other legal matters, did not make a full statement.
The sentencing comes just two months after a jury declared him guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter – all three charges stemming from the infamous encounter in which Chauvin knelt with his knee on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, horrifying onlookers. Chauvin has remained in a maximum-security prison since his conviction.
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