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Chauvin sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for George Floyd murder

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Judge Peter Cahill

MINNEAPOLIS (WKOW) - Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday afternoon to 22 and a half years in prison for George Floyd’s murder.

Chauvin was convicted in April for killing Floyd. He faced up to 40 years in prison.

Chauvin was arrested following Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020. During an attempt to take Floyd in custody, video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

George Floyd

Floyd could be heard pleading with officers to get off, saying “I can’t breathe.”

Chauvin was arrested on May 29, 2020 and charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. He was also fired from his job.

Several people gave victim impact statements to begin Friday’s hearing. Those people included Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter, two of Floyd’s brothers (Terrance and Philonise) and Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams.

Floyd’s daughter appeared through a recorded video. She said “I ask about him all the time.”

When asked what she would say to her dad if she could see him again she said "It would be I miss you and I love you."

Philonise Floyd said the following during his statement:

"Every day, I have begged for justice to be served, reliving the execution of George while others begged and pleaded for officer Chauvin to simply just allow George to take a breath. I haven't had a real night's sleep because of the nightmares I constantly have, hearing my brother beg and plead for his life over and over again. Even saying, 'they're going to kill me, please, officer,' screaming for our mom."

Philonise Floyd statement

Minnesota Assistant State’s Attorney General Matthew Frank then spoke to the court. He said the case is not about all police officers.

"This case wasn't about police officers, all police officers. It wasn't about policing,” Frank said. “This case was about Derek Chauvin disregarding all that training he received and assaulting Mr. Floyd until he suffocated to death."

Derek Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, also spoke to the court, calling her son “a good man.”

"On Nov. 25, 2020, not only did Derek's life change forever, but so did mine and my family's, Derek devoted 19 years of his life to the Minneapolis Police Department," Pawlenty said. "It's been difficult for me to hear and read what the media, public and prosecution team believe Derek to be an aggressive, heartless and uncaring person. I can tell you that is far from the truth."

Derek Chauvin’s mother Carolyn Pawlenty

Chauvin’s lead attorney Eric Nelson also spoke to the court. He called the impact of the trial “profound.”

"The impact it's had on the community is profound," Nelson said. "It goes far beyond what happened on May 25th of last year. It's been at the forefront of our national consciousness and has weaved its way into every, nearly every facet of our lives from entertainment that we consume to the presidential politics."

Chauvin spoke briefly to the court following Nelson. He offered his condolences to the family.

"I want to give my condolences to the Floyd family," Chauvin said. "There's going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest and I hope things will give you some peace of mind."

You can watch the victim impact statements below:

CNN contributed to this article.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is set to learn his fate as a Minnesota judge sentences him for murder in the death of George Floyd.

The 45-year-old Chauvin faces decades in prison, with several legal experts predicting a sentence of 20 to 25 years.

He still faces a federal trial on civil rights charges in Floyd's death.

Friday's hearing will take place at a county courthouse that no longer has the concrete barricades, razor wire and National Guard members that were in place as the city and nation held its breath for the verdict in Chauvin's trial.

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