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Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years in Prison for Murder of George Floyd

Floyd’s family, including his daughter and brother, delivered impact statements at the hearing.

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Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years in Prison for Murder of George Floyd

Floyd’s family, including his daughter and brother, delivered impact statements at the hearing.

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. The hearing, which took place this afternoon, saw Floyd’s family deliver victim impact statements asking that Chauvin serve 40 years, the maximum sentence for second-degree murder.

Judge Peter A. Cahill of Hennepin County District Court delivered the sentence with a preface specifying that neither emotion nor public opinion swayed his decision. “But at the same time, I want to acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all of the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family,” Cahill said.

Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, made a virtual appearance at the hearing. “I want to play with him,” Gianna said in brief video played in court. Philonaise, Floyd’s brother, also spoke. “I haven’t had a real night’s sleep because of the nightmares I constantly have hearing my brother beg and plead for his life over and over again,” he stated.

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