Two months ago, Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three counts. Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter of Goerge Floyd on May 25, 2020. Earlier this month, the ex-cop was seeking only probation for his crime. Today, Chauvin was sentenced for the guilty verdicts back in April.
Judge Peter Cahill sentenced Chauvin to 22.5 years in prison. If Chauvin is on good behavior, he could be released after serving two-thirds of his time, or 15 years. At that time, he would be released on parole. Furthermore, the 199 days he has spent locked up already, are being counted toward his prison sentence.
Prior to today’s sentencing, prosecutors were requesting Chauvin be sentenced to 30 years. Judge Cahill’s full memo on the sentencing can be found here.
The biggest charge of the three is second-degree which could have put Chauvin in prison for 40 years. The third-degree charge and second-degree manslaughter could have been a max of 25 years and 10 years, respectfully, of prison time.