Washington: Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all charges in George Floyd’s African-American murder case by a jury in Hennepin County court.
The 12 jurors found Chauvin guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 2020 death, CNN reported.
He further reported that the maximum sentence for unintentional second-degree murder is imprisonment not exceeding 40 years. The maximum sentence for third-degree murder is imprisonment of not more than 25 years. The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years and / or USD 20,000.
Chauvin was hand-bagged in the courtroom and taken into custody by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.
Judge Peter Cahill said, “eight weeks from now we will be sentenced.” Cahill thanked the jurors for what he called a “heavy duty” service in the case.
The former officer was accused of killing Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, captured on video footage in May 2020 and sparked nationwide protests over racial justice.
Attorney Ben Crump and the Floyd family released a statement following Chauvin’s conviction, saying, “today’s verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world, ”CNN reported.