In the most recent court filing on Wednesday, the Minessota prosecutors demand a rigorous punishment for former officer, Derek Chauvin in the murder case of George Floyd.
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The prosecutors suggest that a 30-year prison sentence – a sentence that is twice the upper end of the recommended sentencing range, would “properly account for the profound impact” of Chauvin’s actions on Floyd’s family and the community.
“Defendant cruelly murdered Mr. Floyd in public view. His actions traumatized Mr. Floyd’s family—Mr. Floyd’s daughter, his siblings, his cousins, his aunts and uncles, his nephews, and nieces. None of them will ever be able to see their beloved ‘Perry’ again,” the prosecutors wrote.
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At the same time, Chauvin’s attorney argues that he should get probation. Eric Nelson, his attorney, also recommends that the court takes into consideration Chauvin’s age, the lack of criminal history, his cooperation during the investigation, as well as his respectful attitude towards the court during the whole time.
“Mr. Chauvin’s offense is best described as an error made in good faith reliance his own experience as a police officer and the training he had received—not an intentional commission of an illegal act,” he wrote.
“No sentence can undo Mr. Floyd’s death, and no sentence can undo the trauma Defendant’s actions have inflicted,” Prosecutors wrote. “But the sentence the Court imposes must show that no one is above the law, and no one is below it.”
Chauvin will only be sentenced for the most egregious charge against him: second-degree murder. The recommended sentence was 12.5 years, with a range of 10.67 to 15 years.
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