Derek Chauvin to be Sentenced Thursday in St. Paul on Federal Charges in George Floyd Killing

This week, a federal court will punish Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, for violating federal civil rights laws in George Floyd’s slaying.

Chauvin’s sentence hearing was scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. in St. Paul by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson on Tuesday.

According to Chauvin’s plea deal, he will spend 20 to 25 years in jail. Federal prosecutors requested a sentence of 25 years, on the upper end of that range, last month, claiming that his acts were heinous and unnecessary. The defense has requested a 20-year sentence, arguing that Chauvin has already received a lengthy sentence for his murder conviction from another court and accepts responsibility and regret for what he did.

In December, Chauvin entered a guilty plea for violating Floyd’s rights, admitting for the first time that Floyd died as a result of Chauvin’s continued application of pressure to his neck even after the Black man complained of being unable to breathe. White Chauvin acknowledged that during Floyd’s detention in May 2020, he knowingly violated his right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures, including undue force by a police officer.

Chauvin is already serving a 22 1/2-year state sentence after being found guilty of murder and manslaughter in a previous case. According to the terms of the plea bargain, Chauvin will serve both his state and federal sentences concurrently in a federal prison. Because of the agreement, he will likely spend longer in prison than he would have under the terms of the state sentence alone.

Tou Thao, J. Alexander Keung, and Thomas Lane, three other former Minneapolis police officers, were found guilty in February of federal civil rights crimes related to Floyd’s passing. Dates for their sentencing have not been determined by Magnuson.

The allegation of second-degree manslaughter, to which Lane pleaded guilty in state court in May, is set for sentencing on September 21. The state court trial for Thao and Kueng, who rejected plea agreements, is scheduled for October 24. They are charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd’s death provoked demonstrations in Minneapolis and all across the world as a result of which racism and police brutality were brought to light.

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