St. Paul, July 8 (AP) A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Derek Chouvin to 21 years in prison for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, a move that added several years to the time a former Minneapolis police officer already worked on his murder. He was convicted while being transferred to federal custody.
The sentencing of U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson comes after Chauvin agreed to an appeals agreement that called for a sentence of 20 to 25 years. Federal prosecutors wanted the upper edge of that range, arguing that Chauvin, who killed white, Floyd in cold blood, pinned the black man on the sidewalk outside the Minneapolis Corner store for more than 9 minutes on May 25, 2020. Floyd requested that he not be able to breathe.
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Chauvin’s attorney wanted 20 years, arguing that Chauvin was remorseful.
During Thursday’s hearing, Chauvin told Floyd’s family that he “wishes good luck” to Floyd’s children. Chauvin’s brief remarks, however, did not include a direct apology or expression of remorse to Floyd’s family.
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Chauvin is already serving a 22 1/2 year sentence on state charges of murder and manslaughter.
The plea deal called for Chauvin to be sentenced at the same time and transferred from a state prison in Minnesota to a federal prison, where experts say he will probably be safe and may be kept in a less restrictive situation. (AP)
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