1 min agoHere’s what happened during Derek Chauvin’s trialFrom CNN’s Alyssa Kraus
Derek Chauvin is led away in handcuffs after being found guilty on April 20. PoolFormer Minneapolis Police offer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd on April 20. Chauvin, 45, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Here are the key takeaways from Chauvin’s trial:
Reaching a verdict: The jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days before coming to their decision. The guilty verdict came about 11 months after the murder of Floyd, which occurred on May 25, 2020.
Understanding the verdict: The second-degree murder charge said Chauvin assaulted Floyd with his knee, which unintentionally caused Floyd’s death. The third-degree murder charge said Chauvin acted with a “depraved mind,” and the manslaughter charge said his “culpable negligence” caused Floyd’s death.
Reading the verdict: Although he wore a mask, Chauvin had no apparent reaction to the guilty verdict. Immediately, his bail was revoked, and he was placed in handcuffs. Officials said Chauvin was taken to a facility in Stillwater, Minnesota, where was placed in an administrative control unit – a housing unit that is separated from the general population for safety concerns.
What comes next: Chauvin’s sentence today will depend on several factors, including the state’s sentencing guidelines and whether the judge decides to go beyond the guidelines because of certain circumstances. Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter.
36 min agoProsecutors have requested a 30-year sentence for ChauvinFrom CNN’s Omar Jimenez and Brad Parks
Prosecutors for the state of Minnesota are requesting a 30-year prison sentence for Derek Chauvin, the former officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd, according to a sentencing memo.
Thirty years is “twice the upper end of the presumptive sentencing range,” according to the memo filed with the District Court of Hennepin County on June 2. It “would properly account for the profound impact of Defendant’s conduct on the victim, the victim’s family, and the community,” the state argued.Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, had argued in a filing that day that Chauvin should instead receive probation and time served, or at least a sentence less than what the law guides.
“Mr. Chauvin asks the Court to look beyond its findings, to his background, his lack of criminal history, his amenability to probation, to the unusual facts of this case, and to his being a product of a ‘broken’ system,” Nelson wrote. “Mr. Chauvin’s offense is best described as an error made in good faith reliance his own experience as a police officer and the training he had received — not intentional commission of an illegal act.”
Nelson also wrote, “A stringent probationary sentence with incarceration limited to time served would achieve the purposes of the sentence in this case.”
Floyd died May 25, 2020, after Chauvin placed his knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds as Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”
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1 hr 1 min agoWhat we know about the other officers charged in Floyd’s deathFrom CNN’s Amir Vera and Jason Hanna
The three other officers facing charges in George Floyd’s death are expected to be tried together in 2022,
J. Alexander Kueng, 27, Thomas Lane, 38, and Tou Thao, 35, had been set to stand trial in August on Minnesota state charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and
The ex-Minneapolis officer’s motion for a new trial was denied hours before his sentencing. Prosecutors requested he serve 30 years in prison.
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