Breaking: Derek Chauvin found guilty of murdering George Floyd; could be sentenced to 40 years imprisonment [Video]

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Mr Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The death of Mr Floyd spurred the largest civil rights protests in decades.

If the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin finds him guilty on any of the three charges he faces, it will certainly be a dramatic televised moment when the verdict is read.

But how much prison time Mr Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, would have to serve if he is found guilty will not be decided until several weeks later, after a pre-sentencing report about Mr Chauvin’s background is produced.

Judge Peter A. Cahill would also have to determine if there were special circumstances of the crime that would justify a higher sentence than the prison terms laid out by Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines.

Mr Chauvin, who has been out on bail since last fall, might also be able to go home after a guilty verdict, as he awaits sentencing.

It would be up to the judge to either order Mr Chauvin to jail immediately, or let him remain out on bail, should he be found guilty.

Mr Chauvin is charged with two counts of murder — second-degree unintentional murder and third-degree murder — and the sentencing guidelines for each, for a defendant like Mr Chauvin with no criminal history, is 12.5 years.

But the maximum sentences for each charge differ: Second-degree murder could be as high as 40 years in prison, while the maximum for third-degree murder is 25 years.

Source: New York Times

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