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GUILTY! Derek Chauvin is Convicted On All Charges

In a highly-anticipated verdict, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was pronounced guilty of all charges. The verdict was handed down by a Minnesota jury of nine women and five men on Tuesday.

The conviction of second-degree murder required proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Chauvin caused Mr. Floyd’s death while assaulting him, by intentionally applying unlawful force without consent that resulted in substantial bodily harm.

The third-degree murder charge required proof Mr. Chauvin caused Mr. Floyd’s death by committing an eminently dangerous act that was highly likely to cause death and showed a reckless disregard for human life. In convicting Mr. Chauvin of second-degree manslaughter, the jurors concluded that culpable negligence and reckless actions by Mr. Chauvin caused Mr. Floyd’s death.

Second-degree murder carries a statutory maximum 40-year sentence. Third-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 25 years and second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.

 

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