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George Floyd murder Case: Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years

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The former white officer of Minneapolis police-Derek Chauvin, convicted of killing a black man –George Floyd, was sentenced to 22.5 years of imprisonment on Friday.

In April, 45-year-old Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, Third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against 46-year-old Floyd for up to 9 ½ minutes as the latter gasped that he could not breathe and he died.

Judge Peter Cahill said, “I’m not going to attempt to be profound or clever because it’s not the appropriate time.” He added that he would lay out his reasoning in a 22-page memorandum.

“I’m not basing my sentence on public opinion. I’m not basing it on the attempt to send any messages. The job of a trial court judge is to apply the law to specific facts and to deal with individual cases”, said Cahill.

A 30-year sentence was asked by the prosecutors for Chauvin. Minnesota sentencing guidelines recommended Chauvin be sentenced to 12.5 years, given he has no criminal record.

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