What You Need to Know About Derek Chauvin's Sentence

Lawrence Kim
April 21, 2021

At least one viral social media post claimed that Chauvin - a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) who was sacked after a video of his fatal encounter with Floyd went viral - was likely to spend "the rest of his life in prison".

PHOTO: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin stands with Defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, after the verdict was read at the conclusion of his trial in the death of George Floyd, April 20 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis.

"It is good news that we saw the verdict come through where people hoped it would", Trudeau told Edmonton-based online talk show host Ryan Jespersen in an interview shortly after Chauvin was found guilty.

The convicted former cop also knew that he would have limited access to a phone, but would be given permission to call his lawyer, whose phone number was on Chauvin's hand.

Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground, with his knee to his neck, for more than nine minutes, as the 46-year-old struggled to breathe and called out for his mother.

"You're going to kill me, man", Floyd gasped. President Joe Biden said the verdict can be "a giant step forward" for the country against systemic racism.

Under Minnesota statutes, the maximum prison sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is 40 years, the maximum sentence for third-degree murder is 25 years, and the maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years.

Abrams predicted that the prosecution will ask the judge to sentence Chauvin to more years in prison.

The three other officers involved in Floyd's death - Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng - are expected to be tried together in August. They are facing charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

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