Judge Clears Path For Longer Sentence For Chauvin

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin's trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

A Minnesota judge says he will take aggravating factors into account while deciding the sentence for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

K-S-T-P reports Judge Peter Cahill said a number of points have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, including Chauvin violating a position of trust and authority during the death of George Floyd. He also said he will consider Chauvin treating Floyd with particular cruelty, acting with children present, and committing his acts with a group of three other officers.

Those factors could lead to a longer sentence for Chauvin, who was convicted of second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as manslaughter. Chauvin will be sentenced on June 25th.

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