Just 3 weeks ahead of Chauvin's sentencing hearing, his lawyer has requested a lighter sentence.
You're not going to believe the reason why...
It seems Derek Chauvain is trying everything he can to get a more relaxed sentence...
And this week, his lawyer made the most ridiculous claim in support of sentencing Chauvin to probation.
And people can't believe what he said...
Now, over the last few months, we've seen a glimmer of hope in America's justice system...
The highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse on March 29th.
And despite his defense's best efforts...
Things didn't go in Chauvin's favor.
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
The jury found the former police officer guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
It was then confirmed that Chauvin has been placed on suicide watch and under the highest security.
As authorities are concerned about violence towards him from other prisoners, too.
It's to be expected, given the circumstances of his crime.
However, shortly after the prosecution asked for Chauvin to be given a thirty year minimum sentence, his lawyer has spoken out...
And people are understandably outraged...
George Floyd is unable to breathe and is dead because of Derek Chauvin's racist hate murder.— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) June 2, 2021
So I don't give a shit about Chauvin or his problems.
Boo fucking hoo.https://t.co/G4VAkExykQ
George Floyd's murderer Derek Chauvin feels he's entitled to a lighter sentence & probation. pic.twitter.com/mrkJXpCKRi— ClockOutWars (@clockoutwars) June 2, 2021
Wow! Derek Chauvin’s defense lawyer asked the Judge to just reduce his sentence to time served and give him probation... Says prison will cause his client “long-term damage”... GTFOH... You know what actually causes long-term damage? Kneeling on a man’s neck for nine minutes...— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) June 3, 2021
Derek Chauvin's lawyer asking for probation after he killed another person is peak White privilege. Fuck Chauvin and his clown ass lawyer!— ✊🏾🇱🇷MisFitBlackGirl👸🏾LIB_QN32🌻 (@LibQn32) June 3, 2021
Derek Chauvin thinks he deserves probation after intentionally murdering Geoge Floyd mean while Chrystal Mason is serving 5 yrs in prison for casting a provisional ballot.— Coretta ♉ (@MizCoretta) June 3, 2021
The maximum sentence Chauvin could receive is forty years.
The prosecution asked for the higher end of his sentencing due to 4 aggravating factors which were proven at trial...
The first is that he abused a position of trust and power.
The defense has called upon Chavin's long dedication to the force, serving from 2001 to 2020. He even received a medal of valor in 2006 when he was part of a team of officers who shot at a suspect who was pointing a shotgun at them. On the other hand, he did also have 18 complaints on his record.
The second is that he treated Floyd with particular cruelty, including ignoring his ongoing pleas for help and kneeling on his neck for nearly 10 minutes.
Chauvin was also involved in a situation in 2017, where he hit a 14 year old black boy across the head so hard he needed stitches, and then proceeded to hold him down by his knee despite the boy crying that he couldn't breath. The court prohibited prosecutors from discussing the matter as they didn't want prejudice within the trial.
The third was that the crime was committed in front of at least two minors, which could also classify them as victims of the situation.
Despite Floyd not responding for more than two minutes, and no pulse detected, Chauvin apparently refused to lift his knee from George Floyd's neck until paramedics arrived, despite witnesses urging him to do so.
And finally, the fourth being that he was part of a team of police officers, meaning that even though they are all standing trial individually, he was part of a group that ganged up on Floyd.
The former officers were all fired the day after the event took place. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao are all to be trialed later this year.
Taking these into account, the prosecution has requested 30 years for the ex-cop.
Although Chauvin's attorney has since requested a lower sentence, even suggesting the ex-cop receive probation...
He has filed a motion requesting the judge only sentence him to probation and time served, arguing that a police officer's life expectancy is shorter than that of a civilian.
This comes 3 weeks ahead of Chauvin's sentencing hearing.
"Chauvin's age weighs in his favor when determining a sentence," the attorney, Eric Nelson, wrote.
"The life expectancy of police officers is generally shorter, and police officers have a significantly higher average probability of death from specific diseases than did males in the general population. He has been preliminarily diagnosed with heart damage and may likely die at a younger age like many ex-law enforcement officers."
Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25 — 1 year and 1 month after Floyd's murder.
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