Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted after he was found guilty of murder George Floyd.
On Friday, June 25th, the district judge of the Hennepin district Peter Cahill ruled that Chavin should be sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.
The verdict comes after family members, including George’s brother Terrence Floyd and Philonise Floyd statements made about the effects on the victim. As George’s 7 year old daughter Gianna Floyd When asked if she could tell her father something what it was, she replied, “It would be, I miss you and I love him.”
But soon after, Chauvin’s mother Carolyn Pawlenty spoke in court and said she believed in her son’s innocence. “Derek is a calm, thoughtful, honorable, and selfless man,” she told the judge. “He has a big heart and has always put others above his own. The public will never get to know the loving and caring man he is.” Chauvin made no formal statement mentioning “some additional legal matters”. However, he offered condolences to Floyd’s family.
Just hours before the verdict was announced, NBC News confirmed that the judge had denied Chauvin’s attorney’s petition for a retrial. He also denied the defense’s request for a hearing on the jury’s misconduct.
As for Floyd’s family attorney Ben CrumpHe shared his hopes for the fall on social media early that morning.