Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for George Floyd murder

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Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill sentenced the former Minneapolis police officer to 22 1/2 years in prison on Friday for the May 2020 killing of George Floyd.

Chauvin was convicted in April on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Family members — including Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter Gianna and Chauvin’s mother Carolyn Pawlenty — read statements on behalf of the prosecution and the defense ahead of the sentencing.

An earlier request by Chauvin’s defense team for a new trial was denied on Friday by Judge Cahill.

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