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Prosecutors in the case for the murder of African American George Floyd, in Minneapolis, They want Derek Chauvin to be sentenced to 30 yearsBut the convict’s attorneys are asking for a probationary sentence plus the time he has already spent in prison.
The sentence against the former officer is scheduled for June 25 after he was convicted of two counts of murder and one of involuntary manslaughter.
In mid-May, Judge Peter Cahill established four aggravations that could complicate the convict’s sentence and under which he would have the discretion to extend jail time as part of the sentence.
Between 10 and 15 years in prison under Minnesota sentencing rules
Despite the fact that Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges, he will only be sentenced for the most serious, that of second degree murder. Under Minnesota sentencing rules, convicts without a criminal record face a sentence of 12 1/2 years on those charges. Cahill can sentence the former police officer to a minimum of 10 years in jail and eight months to 15 years in prison.
However, the prosecutors of the case when raising the aggravating they expect Chauvin to receive a harsher sentence. The judge agreed with the Prosecutor’s Office that Chauvin treated Floyd with particular cruelty, abused his position of authority as a police officer, committed the crime as part of a group of three or more people, and did so in the presence of minors.
Prosecutors ask for 30 years in prison against Chauvin for murder of Floyd
In prosecutors’ judgment, a 30-year prison sentence correctly counts for the profound impact of the defendant’s conduct on the victim, the victim’s family and the community.
“No sentence can repair the death of Mr. Floyd, and no sentence can repair the trauma of the actions inflicted by the accused. But the sentence imposed by the Court must show that no one is above the law, and no one is below it ”, indicated the prosecutors in a judicial document cited by national media such as NPR.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson cited Chauvin’s age, the absence of a criminal record, and the support of the defendant’s family and friends in requesting a lenient sentence.
According to Nelson, his 45-year-old client is the product of a “broken” system.
It was already a year since the murder of Floyd that was recorded by witnesses
The incident in which Floyd died on May 20 last year was recorded by witnesses. The images that circulate on social networks from the same day of the event show the moment in which Chauvin submits with his knee to Floyd by the neck for about 9 minutes, despite the fact that he repeated that he could not breathe and those present asked him to let go.
Chauvin and three other officers, who they are still waiting for the start of the trial against them, Floyd was arrested after a complaint for allegedly paying a box of cigarettes with a false bill at the Cup Foods establishment.
The case sparked protests nationally and outside the United States and rekindled the call against police abuse based on racial profiling.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.