Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murdering George Floyd, has asked a judge to sentence him to probation or a shorter prison term. On Wednesday (June 2), a defense attorney for the former cop filed a motion asking for a judge to give him a lenient sentence because he does not have a criminal history and to prevent him from being victimized in prison due to his former work as a police officer.
Prosecutors, however, filed a memorandum on Wednesday asking for a sentence of 30 years for the convicted murderer. They believe the term would “properly account for the profound impact of [Chauvin’s] conduct on the victim, the victim’s family and the community.”
Back in April, Chauvin was convicted for the murder of Floyd and was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
His sentencing is scheduled to take place on June 25. Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge. The maximum sentence for third-degree murder is imprisonment up to 25 years and the maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine.
Last month, Judge Peter Cahill found “aggravating factors” that would allow for Chauvin to be sentenced to a term longer than the recommended 15 years, including the fact that the crime was performed with children around and that it was committed with help from at least three people.
Judge Cahill added that Floyd being “particularly vulnerable” while under Chauvin’s restraint could be a possible aggravating factor, but noted that Minnesota hadn’t proved that beyond a reasonable doubt. He also said that Chauvin abused his position of authority and trust as a police officer. On Wednesday, the prosecutors said those aggravating factors supported their recommended sentence of 30 years.