(DCWatchdog.com) – HAPPENING NOW: Former police officer Derek Chauvin learned just moments ago that he will get even more prison time when he is finally sentenced on federal civil rights charges stemming from his murder of George Floyd.
The one-time Minneapolis Police Officer convicted of murdering George Floyd back in 2020, Chauvin will receive a federal prison sentence of 20-25 years.
The sentence was approved and will be handed down by Senior Judge Paul Magnuson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, a Reagan appointee. Magnuson will sentence Chauvin under a plea agreement struck between Chauvin and federal prosecutors.
Magnuson issued a statement today laying out his acceptance of the plea agreement. However, no date has been set for the final sentencing of Chauvin.
Although prosecutors will seek the maximum possible sentence of 25-years, Chauvin could be released from prison in 17-21 years if he receives credits for good behavior.
Chauvin, 46, pleaded guilty in Floyd’s death to denying Floyd the right to be free from unreasonable force by a police officer in “callous, wanton disregard” of Floyd’s life during his neck-hold and restraint on May 25, 2020, in violation of federal civil rights statutes.
According to the coroner who performed the autopsy and several experts hired by the prosecution, Floyd died of cardiac arrest caused by asphyxiation. The same charges were also brought against three other officers who were present at the scene along with Chauvin.
This is a breaking news report from DC Watchdog.