By Salim Yunusa
Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 and half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd.
Judge Peter Cahill handed down the sentence of 270 months on Friday and granted Chauvin 199 days already served.
‘This is based on your abuse of your position of trust and authority and also the particular cruelty shown to George Floyd,’ Judge Cahill said to the disgraced former cop.
The former Minneapolis officer, dressed in a gray suit and tie with a buzz cut, was found guilty in April on all three counts – second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – for kneeling on 46-year-old Floyd’s neck for nine minutes in May 2020.
The sentencing came after Chauvin spoke briefly to offer the Floyd family his condolences.
Chauvin said he could not give a full statement because of additional legal matters, but said, ‘There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest. And I hope things will give you some peace of mind. Thank you.’
There are still two federal indictments pending against Chauvin – one for George Floyd and one for assaulting a 14-year-old with a flashlight.
Chauvin spoke after four heartbreaking victim impact statements from George Floyd’s family, including from Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter Gianna Floyd, his nephew Brandon Williams, and brothers Terrence Floyd and Philonise Floyd.
Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter Gianna gave a heartbreaking victim impact statement. ‘I ask about him all the time,’ Gianna Floyd said via video. ‘I was asking how did my dad get hurt. I want to play with him.’
Chauvin was captured on video kneeling on the neck of the 46-year-old Floyd – suspected of using a counterfeit bill – for more than nine minutes until he passed out and died on May 25, 2020, while ignoring the victim’s pleas for air and help.
‘I miss him and I love him,’ she said.
Three other members of Floyd’s family, including his nephew Brandon Williams and brothers Terrence Floyd and Philonise Floyd, gave poignant victim impact statements in the courtroom Friday.
‘Immediately my life changed forever,’ Philonise said while wiping away tears. ‘For an entire year I had to relive George being murdered.’