Former US policeman could face longer sentence for Floyd murder

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As a first-time offender, Chauvin had potentially faced 12 and a half years in prison on that count under state sentencing guidelines.

Chauvin's sentencing is scheduled for June 25. Judge Peter Cahill ruled Wednesday that prosecutors had proven four out of five aggravating factors in the case "beyond a reasonable doubt", WCCO reports.

Cahill found Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer when he restrained Floyd during the arrest that led to his death past year, and also found that Chauvin treated Floyd with "particular cruelty".

Another aggravating factor, the judge said, was that children were present and "observed Mr. Floyd being asphyxiated as he begged for his life".

Floyd died in May of 2020 after former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for over nine minutes.

Cahill also said he felt the need to delay the three officers' trial due to the recency of Chauvin's trial, which garnered national attention for weeks leading up to his conviction on April 20.

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"The prolonged use of this technique was particularly egregious in that George Floyd made it clear he was unable to breathe and expressed the view that he was dying as a result of the officers' restraint", Cahill wrote.

"The renewed movement for racial justice and healing that began in the streets of Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd, and quickly spread throughout the country and around the world, has inspired a deeper awakening to the ways systemic racism form the very foundations of the institutions they make up our common life, including our church", said Loya in a press release issued by the Diocese of MI, whose bishop helped organize the service.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson disagreed with the state, saying that prosecutors did not prove that there were aggravating factors.

Cahill, who presided over the trial, will also sentence Chauvin.

In the federal charges, Kueng and Thao are accused of failing to intervene to stop Chauvin from pressing his knee onto Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes on the asphalt previous year.

The judge rejected a fifth point stating that Floyd was considered "particularly vulnerable".

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