Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd

Story Highlights

  • 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.

“This is not the typical second-degree murder,” prosecutor Matthew Frank said, calling for 360 months. “This is egregious.”

Meanwhile, a small crowd was gathered outside the Cup Foods store where Floyd was killed to listen to the hearing. Some in the crowd were chanting and praying.

A jury convicted Chauvin in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He could receive up to 30 years in prison.

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In this screen grab from video, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is seen during victim impact statements as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over sentencing, Friday, June 25, 2021 in Minneapolis. Chauvin faces decades in prison in the death of George Floyd. (Photo: Court TV, via AP, Pool)

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Carolyn Pawlenty, Chauvin’s mother, told the court that the media, public and the prosecution team had wrongly depicted her son as aggressive, heartless, uncaring and racist.

“I want this court to know that none of these things are true and that my son is a good man,” Pawlenty said. “Derek is a quiet, thoughtful, honorable and selfless man. He has a big heart, and he has always put others before his own. The public will never know the loving and caring man he is, but his family does.”

Pawlenty said Chauvin has played the events of that day over and over in his head. “I have seen the toll it has taken on him,” she said. “I believe a lengthy sentence will not serve Derek well. When you sentence my son, you will also be sentencing me.”

Speaking directly to her son, she told him that her happiest moment was giving birth to him, followed by pinning on his police badge.

“Derek, I want you to know I have always believed in your innocence, and I will never waiver from that,” Pawlenty said. “I have read numerous letters from people around the world that also believe in your innocence.”

Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, said the case is “at the epicenter of a cultural and political divide” in the U.S. “We tried to keep a lot of that out of the courtroom” and focus on the facts, he said, noting how divisive people felt about the case.

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