A jury in George Floyd’s trial found Derek Chauvin (45) guilty of second-degree murder, punishable by up to 40 years in prison; Third-degree murder, up to a maximum of 25 years, and second-degree murder, which carries a punishment of up to 10 years of deprivation of liberty.
Judge Peter Chale, after reading the verdict and confirming it with the jury, explained the next steps in the process, including scheduling the sentence at eight weeks.
Cahill announced that the court would consider Chauvin’s written arguments within a week and reach conclusions on the matter. It will then require an investigation report, which must be completed within four weeks before a verdict is issued. A briefing on the investigation report will take place within six weeks.
The jury traded for 4 hours on Monday, and resumed their work this morning at 8 a.m. local time.
Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to all three counts of murder. The former police officer does not have a criminal record, so he can only be sentenced to a maximum of 12 and a half years in prison for each of the first two charges and 4 years in prison for the third charge.
(With information from CNN in Spanish, BBC in Spanish and El Comercio)
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