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Derek Chauvin: George Floyd’s killer sentenced to 21 years in federal prison

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Senior U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson sentenced Chauvin to 252 months, but withdrew seven months from the time he served.

US lawyers asked the court to make Chauvin’s sentence equal to his 22.5-year state sentence.

As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Chauvin pleaded guilty in December to federal charges of depriving Floyd of his civil rights. He could have been sentenced to life in prison had he been convicted at trial.
Prosecutors had demanded 25 years in prison for violating Floyd’s civil rights, followed by five years of supervised release. His lawyer had demanded 20 years.

The US Bureau of Prisons will decide in which facility Chauvin will be housed.

Sarah Greenman, an assistant professor of criminology at Hamline University, said life in federal prison is considered better than in state institutions.

“It’s less crowded in the federal prison, there are fewer security concerns than in a state facility,” she said, adding that there are fewer violent offenders in federal prisons, which also have larger budgets.

Chauvin was convicted in June 2021 of state charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the May 2020 murder of Floyd over racial justice in America. He has appealed his conviction.

Footage from a Minneapolis street showed Chauvin kneeling impassively on the 46-year-old black man’s neck and back while he was handcuffed and lay in the street for more than 9 minutes, gasping for air and the Minneapolis officers said, “I can not breathe.”

Trial of two former Minneapolis police officers charged with murder of George Floyd has been postponed

According to a court document filed by his lawyer in late June, Chauvin spends most of his life in solitary confinement in a high-security state prison.

Three other former officers were found guilty by a federal jury in February of violating Floyd’s rights on May 25, 2020.
A man, Thomas Lane, has pleaded guilty to state charges. The trial of Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng will begin in October.

CNN’s Paul Vercammen reported from St. Paul, Minnesota, and Steve Almasy reported and wrote in Atlanta.

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