Derek Chauvin's mother testifies ahead of sentencing; George Floyd's family calls for maximum prison time


  • A jury convicted Derek Chauvin in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death..
  • Chauvin is also facing a federal indictment for violating George Floyd’s civil rights that could add prison time.
  • The three former Minneapolis police officers accused of aiding and abetting in Floyd’s death will face trial in March.

MINNEAPOLIS – The families of George Floyd and Derek Chauvin gave statements Friday at the sentencing hearing for Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted in Floyd’s murder more than a year ago.

A jury convicted Chauvin in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He could receive up to 30 years in prison.

Chauvin, who did not testify during his trial, will have the opportunity to speak at the sentencing. It was not immediately clear if he would address the court. He has been in a maximum-security prison since he was convicted.

Meanwhile, a small crowd was gathered outside the Cup Foods store where Floyd was killed to listen to the hearing. Some in the crowd were chanting and praying.

Chauvin’s mother testifies, first in family to speak on ex-cop’s behalf

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