Judge Accepts Plea Deal In Controversial Case That Shocked The Nation
(TargetLiberty.org) – Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty in federal court to violating George Floyd’s civil rights when he kneeled on his neck until he died on May 25, 2020. The former Minneapolis police officer was convicted of murder in 2021 and sentenced to 22 ½ years in Minnesota state court. The judge who is handling the civil case has now accepted his plea deal.
US District Judge Paul Magnuson accepted Chauvin’s plea in the first week of May. The defendant will be sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison but could be out in 17 to 21 years if he gets credit for good behavior. Prosecutors have said they’re going to seek the maximum sentence of 25 years.
According to Ben Crump, who represented George Floyd’s family, the sentence will be served concurrently (at the same time) with the state sentence.
BREAKING: A federal judge accepted Derek Chauvin’s plea deal, sentencing him to 20 to 25 years in prison. This is expected to be served concurrently with his 22.5-year sentence for his state level murder conviction.
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) May 4, 2022
The sentence means the ex-police officer will almost certainly spend more time in prison because Minnesota prisoners usually spend a third of their sentence on parole. That means he would have been out of prison in about 15 years had he not received the max 25-year sentence. The other officers involved in the case are set to go to trial soon for aiding and abetting Chauvin.
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