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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin could face up to 30 years in prison after a Minnesota judge convicted several aggravating factors in the murder of George Floyd.
Chauvin, 45, abused his power. As a police officer When he restrained Floyd last May by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes and offering no medical aid, although Floyd was apparently in distress for a year in medical distress. Turkahill said at a public hearing on Wednesday.
Cahill found out that Chovin treated Floyd too. “Especially cruelty” due to “prolonged suffocation” and because Floyd made it clear that he had trouble breathing. Floyd said, “I can’t breathe” at least 27 times in the video, praising his death.
Cahill ruled there were two more factors that exacerbated it: the crime took place in front of children and with the active involvement of at least three other people.
Prosecutors argued that the 5th aggravation factor Floyd was “particularly vulnerable” because he was handcuffed, overturned and intoxicated. Cahill ruled the state without any doubt.
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Ben Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family, released a statement on Wednesday applauding Cahill for the trial.
“The application of justice in this case provides the hope that we will see a real change in the relationship between police and black people, giving officers reasonable responsibility for their serious behavior and failure in the law. To honor the sanctity of all life, ”Crump said.
Last month, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree, third-degree murder and second-degree murder. Under Minnesota statutes, he would only be sentenced to the worst case scenario – second degree murder.
Judicial guidelines recommend a 12 1⁄2 year penalty for first-time offenders such as Chauvin.A judge can convict someone for as little as 10 years, eight months, or up to 15 years and remain within the counseling framework.
Due to the aggravating factors, Chauvin could face up to 30 years in prison, although the judge could punish him less. He is scheduled to be sentenced in June.
Regardless of the sentence in Minnesota, it is assumed that well-behaved defendants will receive two thirds of the sentence in prison and the remainder in supervised release, commonly referred to as parole.
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On April 30, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed papers requesting Chua Win a tougher prison sentence for aggravating factors. Prosecutors wrote that Chauvin’s actions “inflicted unreasonable pain” and psychological distress for Floyd and the bystanders who witnessed his death.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson opposed the harsher sentence, saying the state failed to prove the aggravation factor among others happened when Chauvin arrested Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Nelson argued that Floyd was not treated specifically with cruelty and that there was no evidence that the assault was associated with unnecessary pain, usually unrelated to second-degree murder.
A federal grand jury convicted Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers to be charged in Floyd’s death for violating Floyd’s civil rights, which could add years to a sentence the former officer may face. These allegations, sealed on May 7, accuse them of violating federal laws that prohibit government officials from abusing their powers.
Chauvin faces another federal indictment arising from his confrontation with a 14-year-old in 2017.
Contributing: Kristine Phillips, Michael James, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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