Breaking News: Minneapolis, MN: Former Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for George Floyd’s death.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Minnesota Judicial Branch – Fourth Judicial District – Hennepin County (Information):

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Former Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced on Friday, June 25th, 2021 to 22 1/2 years in prison for the death of 46 year old George Floyd well in police custody.

Pictures: Fox 6 (Courtesy)

The sentence came after 45 year old Derek Chauvin broke his more than yearlong silence in court to offer his condolences to the George Floyd family and say he hopes more information coming out will eventually give them “some peace of mind.”

With good behavior, Derek Chauvin could be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence, or about 15 years.

In imposing the sentencing, Judge Peter Cahill went beyond the 12 1/2-year sentence prescribed under state guidelines, citing “your abuse of a position of trust and authority and also the particular cruelty” shown to George Floyd.

After the sentencing, Derek Chauvin was immediately led back to prison.

The fired officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against the neck of George Floyd for up to 9 1/2 minutes as George Floyd gasped that he couldn’t breathe and went limp on May 25th, 2020.

Bystander video of George Floyd’s arrest on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a corner store.

The death of George Floyd well in police custody prompted protests around the world as well as led to scattered violence and rioting across the country, including in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Los Angeles, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; Washington, District of Columbia; and New York, New York.

Before the sentencing, the judge denied Derek Chauvin’s request for a new trial, which the defense had argued that the intense publicity tainted the jury pool and that the trial should have been moved away from Minneapolis.

The judge also rejected a defense request for a hearing into possible juror misconduct.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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