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Derek Chauvin Guilty on All Counts

Former Minneapolis officer will be sentenced in 8 weeks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2021 2:58 PM CDT
Updated Apr 20, 2021 4:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin learned his fate as a tense nation watched Tuesday. The jury found Chauvin guilty on all three counts he was charged with in the May 25 death of George Floyd—second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The most serious charge, second-degree murder, carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, NBC reports. The judge ordered Chauvin remanded to custody until a sentencing hearing in approximately eight weeks. The 45-year-old's bail was immediately revoked and he was taken away in handcuffs, reports the AP.

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Outside the heavily guarded court building in Minneapolis, there were cheers and chants of "All three counts" from the crowd as the verdicts were read, the New York Times reports. CNN reports that jurors deliberated for four hours after closing arguments were delivered Monday and resumed deliberations at 9am ET today. The court was notified Tuesday afternoon that they had reached a verdict. (Read more Derek Chauvin stories.)

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