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Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years for George Floyd murder

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  • A jury convicted Derek Chauvin in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death..
  • Chauvin is also facing a federal indictment for violating George Floyd’s civil rights that could add prison time.
  • The three former Minneapolis police officers accused of aiding and abetting in Floyd’s death will face trial in March.

MINNEAPOLIS – Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 270 months, or 22.5 years, in the murder of George Floyd last year.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said the sentence was not based on “emotion” or “sympathy” but said “we need to recognize the pain of the Floyd family.”

Chauvin, earlier, offered his condolences to Floyd’s family but did not apologize for his actions last year that caused Floyd’s death. 

“I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family,” Chauvin said. He said he was unable to speak further due to other ongoing litigation.

Chauvin’s mother also spoke, as well as Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter Gianna, nephew and brothers. Floyd’s family and attorneys called for the court to give Chauvin the maximum sentence.

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