MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, was sentenced Friday to 22 and a half years in prison, closing a chapter on a case that sparked global outrage and protests.
He was granted credit for time served.
Prosecutors had asked that Chauvin receive 30 years in prison. His lawyer sought probation.
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill said his sentence was not based on public opinion, “emotion or sympathy.” He said he was not trying “send any messages.”
“But at the same time I want to acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family,” Cahill said.
Hours before the hearing began, Cahill denied a request from Chauvin’s attorney for a new trial. Cahill also denied a request to hold a hearing on juror misconduct.
Chauvin was convicted in April of second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter.