Watch Live: The Sentencing of Derek Chauvin

Join News Views for a Live a Discussion on the sentencing of the murderous thug, Derek Chauvin. In April, a jury convicted Chauvin on three charges in Floyd’s death: unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

From Court TV:

Because all three convictions arose from what Minnesota law calls a “single behavioral incident,” Judge Peter Cahill will issue a sentence only on the top charge of unintentional second-degree murder. Under Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines, the harshest penalty for unintentional second-degree murder is 40 years in state custody. But for someone with no criminal record, like Chauvin, it carries a presumptive sentence of 12.5 years and a discretionary range of 10 to 15 years.

Minnesota AG’s office has requested 30 years behind bars for the former police officer based on four aggravating sentencing factors:

  1. Chauvin abused a position of authority
  2. Floyd was treated with particular cruelty
  3. Chauvin committed the crime with the active participation of at least three others (former officers and co-defendants Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng)
  4. The crime was committed in the presence of multiple children (the four bystander witnesses who were under 18 when they witnessed Floyd’s death)

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