October 15, 2021

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Derek Chauvin To Be Sentenced In June Amid Reports He Is On Suicide Watch

In less than two months, the convicted killer of George Floyd will be sentenced. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is due to be convicted on June 16, according to CNN, just over a year after Floyd was killed while in police custody.

Chauvin was recorded kneeling on the 46-year-old Black man’s neck during an attempted arrest on May 25, 2020.

Floyd repeatedly told police he couldn’t breathe before losing consciousness, according to video from the incident. Floyd was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead soon after.

The video ignited outrage across the country, with demands that Chauvin be prosecuted. In connection with Floyd’s death, the ex-officer was eventually charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

He was found guilty on all charges by a Minnesota jury earlier this week. According to CNN, Chauvin now faces a total sentence of 75 years in prison.

According to reports, a second-degree murder conviction carries a maximum prison term of 40 years, while third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges carry maximum prison sentences of 25 and 10 years, respectively; however, Chauvin is expected to receive a 15-year sentence because he has no previous criminal record.

Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist who studies the physiology of breathing, testified during Chauvin’s murder trial, which lasted about three weeks and featured evidence from prosecutors and medical experts.

An alternate juror for the trial, Lisa Christensen, said it was Tobin’s testimony that persuaded her of Chauvin’s guilt.

“I just thought the prosecutor put up a very fine, solid case. “It was Dr. Tobin who really made it happen for me,” she said. “He went over it with me. I had it down to the point that he said this is the moment he died, and it really hit me.”

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