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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will be sentenced this week for violating federal civil rights in the murder of George Floyd.
U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson set Chauvin’s sentencing hearing for 2 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul.
Chauvin’s plea deal calls for a 20 to 25 year prison sentence. Last month, federal prosecutors asked for 25 years, on the upper end of that range, saying his actions were cold-blooded and unnecessary.
The defense asked for 20 years, saying Chauvin accepts responsibility and is remorseful for what he did, and has already been sentenced to a lengthy sentence by another court for his murder conviction.
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Chauvin, who is white, pleaded guilty in December to violating Floyd’s rights, admitting for the first time that he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck – even though the black man said he didn’t. couldn’t breathe and after he became unresponsive – resulting in Floyd’s death. Chauvin admitted to deliberately depriving Floyd of his right not to be unreasonably seized, including unreasonable force by a police officer, during the May 2020 arrest.
Chauvin was also convicted in a separate case for murder and manslaughter and is already serving a 22.5-year sentence. The plea deal calls for Chauvin to serve the federal sentence concurrently with the state sentence and serve it in a federal prison. The deal means he would have to serve more time behind bars than he should have faced on the state sentence alone.
Three other former Minneapolis police officers — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Keung and Thomas Lane — were convicted in February of federal civil rights charges in Floyd’s death. Magnuson has not set sentencing dates for them.
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Floyd’s killing has sparked protests across the country and around the world in what many have described as a judgment call on racial injustice and police brutality.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.