Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
Chauvin, 45, has been found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Sentencing is due in two months’ time, with Judge Peter Cahill saying: “Eight weeks from now we will have sentencing.”
The maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is ‘imprisonment of not more than 40 years’, while the maximum sentence for third-degree murder is ‘imprisonment of not more than 25 years’.
The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter, meanwhile, is 10 years and/or $20,000 (£14,000).The murder case against Derek Chauvin drew to a close at Hennepin County Court this afternoon after going to jury.
The jury returned to the courthouse at 8am this morning to resume their deliberations, having failed to reach a verdict on Monday.
Of the 12 jurors, six people are black or multiracial, while six are white.
Chauvin had knelt on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street calling out “I can’t breathe” during an arrest made with three other officers on May 25, 2020. He was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) on May 26 and was arrested on May 29. The murder set off a series of protests in the Twin Cities and across the rest of the United States, later spreading around the world. Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
His murder trial began on March 8, 2021, in the Minnesota Fourth Judicial District Court, and concluded on April 20 when the jury found him guilty on all three charges. His bail was revoked after Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill accepted a prosecution motion to do so. He was held at Oak Park Heights maximum-security prison until his sentencing on June 25. On May 12, 2021, it was ruled that because Chauvin used aggravated force, prosecution could seek an even longer prison sentence. On June 25, 2021, he received a sentence of 22.5 years in prison, with possibility of supervised release contingent on factors such as good behaviour after serving two-thirds of his sentence or 15 years for second-degree murder.