Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday to 22 and a half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, more than one year after Floyd’s death sparked an international movement against police brutality.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over Chauvin’s murder trial, handed down a sentence of 270 months for charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25, 2020, death.
Chauvin received a credit of 199 days served in prison. A jury convicted him of the charges on April 20.
Chauvin now has 60 days to appeal his sentence with the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He can also appeal Cahill’s Friday ruling that denied his bid for a new trial.
Chauvin was found guilty of murdering Floyd during an arrest outside the Cup Foods convenience store in Minneapolis.
BREAKING: Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for killing George Floyd. https://t.co/zClVFtBgjR— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) June 25, 2021
Video taken by a bystander, showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck — depriving Floyd of oxygen — played a key role in helping the jury decide to convict the former officer.