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Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years for the death of George Floyd

In this image taken from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill sentences him to 22 1/2 years in prison, Friday, June 25, 2021, for the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

In this image taken from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill sentences him to 22 1/2 years in prison, Friday, June 25, 2021, for the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

In this image taken from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill sentences him to 22 1/2 years in prison, Friday, June 25, 2021, for the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

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UPDATED 1:44 PM PT – Friday, June 25, 2021

Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22.5 years for his role in the death of George Floyd. Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill handed down the sentence Friday in a Minneapolis courtroom, hours after denying the defense’s request for a new trial.

Statements were read to the court by Floyd’s family members ahead of the sentencing and Chauvin offered his condolences to the family. The 45-year-old was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

 

Prosecutors called for a sentence of 30 years while Chauvin’s defense team sought a shorter sentence or probation. The defense argued that the former police officer doesn’t have a criminal history.

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