Derek Chauvin will be sentenced in eight weeks after he was convicted Tuesday on all three counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The former Minneapolis police officer faces up to 40 years behind bars, ABC News reports. That's the maximum sentence for the most serious charge, second-degree unintentional murder; third-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 25 years, while the maximum for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years. The presumptive or recommended sentence is 12.5 years for each murder charge and four for the manslaughter charge under Minnesota sentencing guidelines for someone with no prior criminal history. As KARE 11 reports, since the convictions are all for the same crime, Chauvin will be sentenced for the most serious crime, and will not have any sentences to be served consecutively on the other charges.
Prosecutors are likely to ask Judge Peter Cahill to impose a sentence longer than that recommended by the state's sentencing guidelines. WUSA 9 reports Cahill does have the authority to go beyond those guidelines, which allow for a sentence of up to 15 years on a second-degree unintentional murder charge with no aggravating factors carried out by someone without a criminal record. (Chauvin, 45, waived his right for a jury to decide his sentence, meaning it will be imposed by Cahill alone.) Prosecutors are likely to cite aggravating factors, however, in arguing for a sentence closer to the maximum; those include the fact that Floyd was handcuffed as Chauvin kneeled on his neck, and the fact that children were present, among other things. A pre-sentencing investigation focusing on Chauvin's background and the crime itself will be carried out, and the findings presented to Cahill. Experts think it's likely Cahill will in fact go above the state recommendations, with one predicting a 20-year sentence. (Read more Derek Chauvin stories.)