Former Minneapolis Police offer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd on April 20. Chauvin, 45, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Here are the key takeaways from Chauvin’s trial:
Reaching a verdict: The jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days before coming to their decision. The guilty verdict came about 11 months after the murder of Floyd, which occurred on May 25, 2020.
Understanding the verdict: The second-degree murder charge said Chauvin assaulted Floyd with his knee, which unintentionally caused Floyd’s death. The third-degree murder charge said Chauvin acted with a “depraved mind,” and the manslaughter charge said his “culpable negligence” caused Floyd’s death.
Reading the verdict: Although he wore a mask, Chauvin had no apparent reaction to the guilty verdict. Immediately, his bail was revoked, and he was placed in handcuffs. Officials said Chauvin was taken to a facility in Stillwater, Minnesota, where was placed in an administrative control unit – a housing unit that is separated from the general population for safety concerns.
What comes next: Chauvin’s sentence today will depend on several factors, including the state’s sentencing guidelines and whether the judge decides to go beyond the guidelines because of certain circumstances. Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter.