A popular jury on Tuesday found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of African-American George Floyd. The jury unanimously found him guilty of all three charges , and now the judge has eight weeks to determine the sentence.
The former Minneapolis police officer had been charged with second-degree murder, punishable by up to 40 years in prison; murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years, and murder in the second degree, which carries up to 10 years of deprivation of liberty. With no prior penalties, the sentence is likely to be no more than 12 years in prison.
In the city of Minneapolis, where Floyd died in May 2020, they feared a wave of protests should the former police officer be acquitted.
Philonise Floyd, one of Geroge’s brothers, declared in an emotional media appearance that she will finally be able to breathe, alluding to the plea “I can’t breathe” that her brother repeated before his death.