How long will Derek Chauvin be sentenced? How many years will he spend in jail?

28 June 2021, 15:17

How many years did Derek Chauvin get sentenced to serve in prison? Here's what went down during his sentencing.

Derek Chavin – the former Minneapolis officer who is responsible for the death of George Floyd – has officially been sentenced.

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Prior to Chauvin's sentencing, he was denied a motion for a new trial.

According to Metro, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill denied the defense team’s motion on Friday morning (Jun 25) and will not hold a hearing on jury misconduct.

George Floyd's death sparked protests all over the world.
George Floyd's death sparked protests all over the world. Picture: Getty

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was responsible for the murder of George Floyd, was found guilty on all three counts of charges on Tuesday (Apr 20).

The 12-person jury came to a decision after 15 days of court testimony and deliberating for roughly 10 hours.

Chauvin, who was previously released on bail, left the courtroom in handcuffs following the jury's guilty verdict. Judge Peter Cahill also revoked Chauvin's bail.

He will remain in police custody until his sentencing, which is scheduled for June.

But how long will Derek Chauvin get sentenced to in jail?

  1. How long will Derek Chauvin get sentenced?

    On Friday (Jun 25) Derek Chauvin was sentenced to sentenced him to 22 years and six months in prison by Judge Peter Cahill.

    The sentence marks 10 years above the 12.5-year guideline for second-degree unintentional murder, due to aggravating factors.

    The credit will be given for 199 days served.

    Protesters take part in Black Lives Matter marches around the world following George Floyd's death.
    Protesters take part in Black Lives Matter marches around the world following George Floyd's death. Picture: Getty

    Judge Cahill said he wasn’t going to be “profound” in the court and gave a 22-page legal argument outlining the rationale for the determination.

    Chauvin found guilty of two counts of murder. He was found guilty on second-degree unintentional murder and third-degree murder.

    Prior to the sentencing, people speculated around the amount of time he would get for committing such a crime.

    The potential sentence for each murder charge was 12.5 years for a defendant like Chauvin, due to him having no criminal history, according to Minnesota's state guidelines.

    However, the state has asked for a stricter sentence for Chauvin due to the murder taking place infront of children.

    Another reason was that Chauvin treated Floyd with "particular cruelty".

    The state are also asking for a stricter sentence as Chauvin "abused his position of authority."

    George Floyd mural
    George Floyd mural. Picture: Getty

    The second-degree murder conviction could amount to 40 years in prison, while third-degree murder could mean up to 25 years in prison.

    Chauvin was also found guilty of second-degree manslaughter, which could result in a maximum sentence of 10 years.

    However, due to him not having a prior criminal history, the presumptive sentence is four years.

    Chauvin could face a maximum of 75 years in prison. 

    However, state law requires that people are sentenced according to the top count e.g. for second-degree murder, which holds a maximum 40-year sentence.

    Judge Cahill will have the opportunity to opt to ignore state law, but it would be unusual.

    The judge will determine if aggravating factors exist and decide the length of prison sentence for Chauvin.

  2. When will Derek Chauvin get sentenced?

    Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison on Friday (Jun 25).

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