Daily US Times: In a much anticipated and historical verdict on Tuesday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of African-American George Floyd. The verdict sent waves of celebration across the US after years of protests against police brutality and racism.
So, what happens to the former cop Chauvin now?
It will be another eight weeks before his sentencing will be delivered, Judge Peter Cahill said Tuesday. And while Derek Chauvin had been out on bail since October, the judge revoked his bail after the verdict, so he will now await sentencing in jail.
The former police officer was transferred to the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson Sarah Fitzgerald confirmed. The jail is in Stillwater, about 25 miles east of downtown Minneapolis.
He is there through an agreement between the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Fitzgerald told CNN.
Judge Cahill will consider factors such as George Floyd’s murder taking place in front of a child, and the power dynamic between the civilians and officers, in determining Chauvin’s sentence.
Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 10 years for manslaughter and up to 25 years for third-degree murder.
Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines recommend about twelve and a half years in prison for each murder charge and about four years for the manslaughter charge. In this particular case, the state has asked for a tougher sentence than the recommendations provide.
The three other officers facing charges in Floyd’s death are expected to be tried together in August.
Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng are all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.