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Convicted murderer and former police officer Derek Chauvin is sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for the killing of George Floyd.Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin received a 270-month prison sentence Friday for second-degree unintentional murder in the death of George Floyd last spring.Minnesota District Court Judge Peter Cahill said a 22-page sentencing memorandum would explain his reasoning on the sentence in greater detail."Most of it’s going to be in writing, 22-page memorandum – to emphasize the fact that determining the appropriate sentence in any case and in this case is a legal analysis," he said. As opposed to trying to be profound here on the record, I prefer you read the legal analysis."He added that the sentence was not motivated by "public opinion," "emotion or sympathy" and granted Chauvin credit for 199 days in time already served."I want to acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family," Cahill said. Floyd's brothers asked the court for the maximum punishment of 40 years, and prosecutors, as expected, asked for 30.Before the sentencing, Floyd's brothers read impact statements, lawyers for both sides delivered remarks, and Chauvin, speaking only briefly, expressed condolences to the Floyd family."On May 25, 2020, my brother was murdered, everyone knows, by Derek Chauvin," said Terrence Floyd, one of the victim's brothers, delivering an emotional impact statement to the court. "He’s not coming into this as a career criminal with six points, five points, four points, he’s coming into this never having violated the law because he lived an honorable life."Chauvin, during his chance to address the court, said he could only speak briefly due to pending federal litigation but he offered his condolences to the Floyd family.Experts had predicted a sentence of 20 to 25 years in prison, but he faced a maximum of 40. Nelson had accused a juror of not being candid during jury selection because he didn’t mention his participation in a march last summer to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Prosecutors countered the juror had been open about his views.Chauvin’s defense team is expected to appeal.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPChauvin is also facing federal civil rights charges, and three other officers fired after the incident are awaiting a separate manslaughter trial.Crump said that Chauvin's mistreatment of Floyd had sparked a nationwide movement to enact police and criminal justice reforms and used the moment to call for the passing of a stalled federal law."Not only were Chauvin and the City of Minneapolis held accountable, but cities and states across the country have passed meaningful reforms, including restrictions on chokeholds and better training and protocols," he said in a statement.

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