Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years for George Floyd’s Death

The former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 45, who killed George Floyd last year by kneeling on his neck, was sentenced Friday to 22 and half years in prison, CNN reported.

Chauvin spoke before his sentencing and offered his “condolences to the Floyd family,” according to the article.

Based on Minnesota law, Chauvin must serve two-thirds of his sentence (or 15 years), per the article, and he will be eligible for supervised release for the rest of the seven and a half years.

Chauvin was convicted in April on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his role in Floyd’s death.

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump said in a statement that the “historic sentence” draws the family and nation “one step closer to healing by delivering closure and accountability.”

“With Chauvin’s sentence, we take a significant step forward — something that was unimaginable a very short time ago,” he said in the article.

Carolyn Pawlenty, Chauvin’s mother was also emotional, but for different reasons.

“Derek, I want you to know I’ve always believed in your innocence, and I will never waver from that,” she said in the article.

Minnesota prosecutors wanted a 30-year prison sentence, saying it “would properly account for the profound impact of defendant’s conduct on the victim, the victim’s family, and the community,” per a sentencing memo in the article.

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