A Judge in St. Paul who is overseeing the civil case of the 4 officers involved in the death of George Floyd has accepted Derek Chauvin's plea deal. The deal shortened a possible life sentence to 20-25 years.
Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty on December 15th to Violating George Floyds Civil rights. He had admitted for the first time that he had kept his knee on the neck of George Floyd, even after becoming unresponsive, leading to his death, on May 25th, 2020. Also admitting to using unreasonable force and seizure.
The Plea agreement had both sides agree his sentence should be between 20-25 years, with the prosecution saying they will push for the latter. According to FOX with credit for 'good time' he will likely serve between 17 and 21 years and 3 months.
Chauvin is currently serving a 22.5-year sentence, distributed by the state of Minnesota, for his murder conviction, he is appealing that conviction. He will serve the state sentence concurrently with the Federal sentence. The other 3 officers are awaiting sentencing for aiding and abetting Derek Chauvin. Those officers are Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng.
Prosecutors revealed at a pretrial hearing last month that the three had rejected plea agreements on the state charges. Terms were not disclosed. Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, said it was hard for the defense to negotiate when the three still didn’t know what their federal sentences would be.