On Friday, Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis policeman who was charged with the death of George Floyd, a drug addict who Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nine minutes screaming “I can’t breathe,” was sentenced to 22 years and six months (270 months) in prison.
The news came after a judge dismissed Chauvin’s plea for a new trial, saying he failed to prove abuses from the court as well as prosecutorial or juror misconduct.
According to CBS News, prosecutors requested “Judge Peter Cahill sentence the 45-year-old Chauvin to 30 years in prison, while his defense attorney is calling for little time behind bars or even probation.”
“Mr. Chauvin asks the Court to look beyond its findings, to his background, his lack of criminal history, his amenability to probation, to the unusual facts of this case, and to his being a product of a ‘broken’ system,” Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney wrote in a filing.
A prison spokesperson said, “Since his conviction, Chauvin has been held at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, outside of Minneapolis, and was put into a segregated housing unit for his own safety,” according to reports.
The judge claimed his sentence was not based on public opinion or an attempt to send messages. Judge Cahill said he worked to apply the law.