A closure in the cases of killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin. following this the officer has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Fox News reports. Minnesota District Court Judge Peter Cahill read the judgment.
It was expected that the judge would hand down a sentence between 20 and 25 years, with a maximum of 40 and an average sentence for similar crimes around 12.5. Floyd’s brothers asked the court for the maximum punishment of 40 years, and prosecutors asked for 30.
His lighter sentence is believed to be a result of his clean past records. Chauvin has no prior criminal record. CNN reports that Second-degree manslaughter carries a presumptive sentence of four years for someone with no record, according to the guidelines. The judge’s discretion ranged from three years and five months to four years and eight months. Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Floyd, an African-American man, died in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, when Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on his neck for roughly eight minutes.
An independent autopsy report has revealed Floyd died due to asphyxia – a condition arising when the body is deprived of oxygen, causing unconsciousness or death. Legit.ng had earlier reported that Chauvin could receive more than $1 million (N387,550,000) in pension benefits during his retirement years even if he is convicted. Various reports confirmed that the police officer could also receive $1.5 million (N581,325,000) in pension benefits.