MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd.
The punishment handed out Friday fell short of the 30 years that prosecutors had requested. With good behavior, Chauvin, 45, could be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence, or about 15 years.
He still faces a federal trial on civil rights charges in Floyd’s death.
Chauvin broke his silence Friday, offering condolences to Floyd’s family and saying he hopes more will come out in the future to give them “some peace of mind.”
Friday’s hearing took place at a county courthouse that no longer has the concrete barricades, razor wire and National Guard members that were in place as the city and nation held its breath for the verdict in Chauvin’s trial.
Earlier Friday, Judge Peter Cahill denied a defense request for a new trial, saying the defense hasn't shown Chauvin was deprived of his right to a fair trial.