Derek Chauvin will be sentenced Friday afternoon; Rochester lawyers get a glimpse of what to expect



ROCHESTER, Minnesota (KTTC) – On Friday, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd will be sentenced by Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill.

In April, Derek Chauvin was found guilty by a jury of the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd. Chauvin knelt Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

The jury found him guilty of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

Public prosecutors are asking for a 30-year sentence. The defense is asking for probation.

The maximum amount that Chauvin could receive in a sentence is around 40 years.

Friday at 1:30 p.m., Chauvin will appear before the court in civilian clothes for the sentencing.

“Do I think it will be 30 years? I think it’s probably unlikely. But it could definitely be in that 20-25 year range. Personally, I think it could be closer to 15. “said Zach Bauer, an advocate lawyer with Meshbesher & Spence Lawyers.

The sentencing hearing will include reports and general information about Chauvin. Cahill will also take into account the aggravating factors that he previously agreed were present regarding Floyd’s death.

  • Chauvin abused his position of authority.
  • He treated Floyd with special cruelty.
  • The crime was seen by several children.
  • Chauvin committed the crime as a group with the active participation of at least three other people.

The hearing will also include statements or testimony from other parties.

“The rules allow for victim impact statements to be read or for testimony from people regarding the victim’s impact,” said Jim McGeeney, defense attorney for Doda & McGeeney.

“I anticipate that we will hear from Mr. Floyd’s family. We will also be able to hear from other people present. Perhaps even potentially witnesses who have been very frankly called in this matter,” Bauer said.

Chauvin could also ask people to testify on his behalf.

“The defense could certainly call witnesses who would support the idea that he is likely to be probated. That he has support for his family and friends,” Bauer said.

And the court will allow Chauvin to speak for himself.

“I think he will be repentant and with remorse. Whether it’s genuine or not. That’s what you’re definitely going here for him,” Bauer said.

McGeeney and Bauer believe the sentencing hearing will take all day.

It’s also possible that sentencing may be delayed because the judge has yet to make a decision on the defense motion for a new trial or a Schwartz hearing that investigates juror misconduct.

Lawyer for the Floyd family and Attorney General Keith Ellison will make statements after the conviction is announced.

The other three former officers involved in Floyd’s death will stand trial in March.


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