Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison on Friday afternoon for the murder of George Floyd last May.
Handed down by Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, the sentence was greater with what legal experts predicted.
“Determining the appropriate sentence, in any case, and in this case is a legal analysis. It’s applying the rule of law to the facts of an individual and specific case,” Cahill said from the Hennepin County courthouse just after 2:30 p.m., local time.
The increased sentence comes after the judge in May agreed with prosecutors that there were aggravating factors when Chauvin fatally kneeled on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes that warranted a departure from the presumptive sentence length.
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