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With good behavior, Chauvin, 45, could be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence, or about 15 years. What if things had gone differently? What if I never responded to that call? What if what if what if? They asked for the maximum penalty. Still, there was recognition that the sentencing was another major step forward for Minneapolis since Floyd died on May 25, With good behavior, Chauvin could get out on parole after serving about two-thirds of his sentence. Defense attorney Eric Nelson had argued that the intense publicity tainted the jury pool and that the trial should have been moved away from Minneapolis.
The judge also rejected a defense request for a hearing into possible juror misconduct. Martin Luther King Jr. Prosecutors countered the juror had been open about his views. It was unclear whether Chauvin would break his long silence and speak at his sentencing. Some experts had expressed doubt he would say anything because of the risk his words could be used against him in the federal case.
No date for that trial has been set. But Brandt said Chauvin could say a few words without getting into legal trouble. Chauvin did not testify at his trial. Philip Stinson, a criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University, said 11 non-federal law officers, including Chauvin, have been convicted of murder for on-duty deaths since The penalties for the nine who were sentenced before Chauvin ranged from from six years, nine months, to life behind bars, with the median being 15 years.
In recent years, the acquittals have included officers tried in the deaths of Philando Castile in suburban Minneapolis and Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two mistrials were declared over the death of Samuel Dubose in Cincinnati.
The three other officers are scheduled for trial in March on state charges of aiding and abetting both murder and manslaughter. The punishment handed out Friday fell short of the 30 years that prosecutors had requested.
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