The terms of Derek Chauvin’s plea agreement in the federal civil rights case involving the murder of George Floyd have been accepted by the judge in charge of the case.
As a result, Derek Chauvin will serve 20 to 25 years in prison.
Chauvin pleaded guilty to breaching Floyd’s civil rights on December 15, admitting for the first time that he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck after he went motionless, causing his death on May 25, 2020.
Floyd’s right to be free from unlawful seizure, including unreasonable force by a police officer, was knowingly violated, according to the former officer.
Both sides agreed that Chauvin should face a sentence ranging from 20 to 25 years under the plea bargain, with prosecutors stating that they will seek 25. On the federal charge, he could have faced life in jail.\
Judge Paul Magnuson, who is also reviewing civil rights claims against three other former officers who were present during Floyd’s killing, had deferred accepting Chauvin’s deal until a presentence investigation was completed.
He stated the report had been issued, thus it was now proper to accept the settlement in a one-page order issued on Wednesday, May 4. He has not set a date for Chauvin’s sentence.
Chauvin is currently serving a 22-and-a-half-year term for a murder conviction he received in state court last year, which he is appealing. He is currently housed in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights, where he is held under maximum security.
Chauvin’s federal sentence would run concurrently with his state sentence.
It’s unclear if Chauvin will serve his term in state or federal jail, although he requested a transfer to federal detention when he signed the federal plea deal, according to ABC News.
Retired cops According to a representative for the National Police Association, Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith, federal prison would be a safer place for the guilty former cop.
Ex-cops convicted of crimes frequently suffer threats from other convicts behind bars, according to Brantner Smith, who added that Chauvin is “undoubtedly the most prominent former police officer in prison.”
‘Federal prisons are often better and safer than state jails, so that could have played a role in Chauvin’s plea deal,’ she added.
Brantner Smith said the convicted killer Chauvin ‘does not represent American law enforcement,’ and she hoped the case’s settlement would mark a turning point in community ties with cops.
‘Now we can move on with making Derek Chauvin repay society,’ she said. ‘From the perspective of American law enforcement, we are definitely prepared to move forward and do what we do best: safeguard the public.’
Chauvin will likely serve more time in jail as a result of the federal plea deal than he would have served if he had just served his state term.
In Minnesota, state convicts typically serve one-third of their term on parole, equating to 15 years in jail for him.’
Chauvin, 46, would serve 17 to 21 years and three months in prison on federal charges if he was given credit for good behavior in the federal system.
If Magnuson accepted the plea deal, Chauvin waived his ability to appeal his federal conviction.
Three other ex-officers were convicted of comparable federal civil rights offenses in February, but Magnuson has yet to set sentencing dates for them.
Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng’s presentence investigations are currently ongoing.
They’ll stand trial in state court next month on allegations of aiding and abetting Chauvin in Floyd’s murder.