George Floyd murder: Derek Chauvin sentenced to 21 years in prison on federal civil rights charges

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 21 years in prison on federal charges that stemmed from the murder of George Floyd.

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Chauvin was already convicted on state murder charges and sentenced to 22 and 1/2 years on second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, CNN reported.

The federal government said Chauvin violated Floyd’s civil rights after he knelt on Floyd’s back and neck for more than nine minutes.

Chauvin pleaded guilty in December with the agreement that the sentences for both the state and federal cases be served at the same time and that Chauvin would be transferred to a federal prison from his current state prison, The Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors asked for 25 years in prison and an additional five years of supervised release, CNN reported.

Chauvin’s attorney asked for 20 years.

Before the sentence was handed down, Chauvin told Floyd’s family that he “wishes all the best” for Floyd’s children, the AP reported.

Chauvin did not apologize or show remorse for Floyd’s death, the AP reported.

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