Derrick Chauvin Found Guilty on all 3 Counts in George Floyd’s Death


Bianca Schnerre, Writer

On Tuesday, April 20 former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all 3 counts in the death of George Floyd. The charges Chauvin was found guilty on include: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The Jurors reached their verdict that convicted Chauvin on these charges after deliberating for a total of 10.5 hours. They spent 4 hours deliberating on Monday and 6.5 hours on Tuesday. This conviction outcome comes nearly a year after a video of ex officer Chauvin pinning Floyd’s neck to the ground with his knee went viral, and sent millions of people into the streets demanding justice for George Floyd and protesting police brutality on people of color.

After Chauvin was found guilty on all charges, prosecutors requested for Chauvin’s bail to be revoked, which the judge granted. After being denied bail he was handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom by a police officer, and was booked into the Oak Park Heights state prison. Chauvin’s sentence hearing will be in 8 weeks. Chauvin faces up to 75 years in prison when he returns to his sentencing in the weeks following. Although, under Minnesota Law, the sentences are most likely to run concurrently with each other. This means Chauvin would serve no more than 40 years in prison because it is the maximum amount of sentencing for his highest charge, second degree murder. However, this is also not set in stone and Minnesota sentencing guidelines suggest that he is more likely to receive up to 15 years. Despite this, the state is permitted to ask for the full 40 years and it is expected for the prosecution to ask for more time than the 15 years according to ABC News Legal Analyst Dan Abrams.