The previous Minneapolis police officer was sentenced to 21 years in jail for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, including to the time he’s already serving for homicide.

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin addresses the court docket. (File Photograph: AP)

A federal choose on Thursday sentenced Derek Chauvin to 21 years in jail for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, a transfer that provides a couple of years to the time the previous Minneapolis police officer is already serving for his homicide conviction whereas transferring him to federal custody.

U.S. District Decide Paul Magnuson’s sentence got here after Chauvin had agreed to a plea deal that referred to as for a sentence starting from 20 to 25 years. Federal prosecutors had sought the highest finish of that vary, arguing that Chauvin, who’s white, killed Floyd in chilly blood when he pinned the Black man to the pavement outdoors a Minneapolis nook retailer on Could 25, 2020, for greater than 9 minutes as Floyd pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.

Chauvin’s legal professional had sought 20 years, arguing that Chauvin was remorseful.

Throughout Thursday’s listening to, Chauvin advised Floyd’s household that he “needs all the perfect” for Floyd’s kids. However Chauvin’s transient remarks included no direct apology or expression of regret to Floyd’s household.

Chauvin is already serving a 22 1/2-year sentence on state fees of homicide and manslaughter.

The plea deal referred to as for Chauvin to serve the sentences on the identical time and to be transferred from a Minnesota state jail to a federal jail, the place consultants say he doubtless can be safer and could also be held below much less restrictive circumstances.

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