Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 and a half years in jail on Friday, 25th of June, 2021 for murdering African American George Floyd, a killing that sparked America’s biggest demonstrations for racial justice in decades.
“The sentence is not based on emotion or sympathy,” said Judge Peter Cahill, handing down the term at a Minneapolis court after prosecutors sought a 30-year sentence.
He also revealed in a short address that it was also not based on “on public opinion,” but on the law and the facts specific to the case.
Derek Chauvin spoke briefly before his sentencing, offering his “condolences to the Floyd family.”
Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his role in Floyd’s death.