US federal judge accepts Chauvin plea deal for 20-25 year prison sentence News
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US federal judge accepts Chauvin plea deal for 20-25 year prison sentence

Judge Paul A. Magnuson of the US District Court for the District of Minnesota accepted former police officer Derek Chauvin’s plea deal Wednesday, which was initially filed in December 2021, with Chauvin pleading guilty to two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law. Magnuson “deferred accepting [Chauvin’s] plea pending issuance of a preliminary resentence investigation report,” which now has been issued.

As a result, Magnuson sentenced Chauvin in accordance with the plea deal’s terms as follows:

The Court shall impose a sentence of imprisonment of no less than 240 months and no greater than 300 months (expected to serve no less than 204 months and no greater than 255 months, assuming all good-time credit)[.]

Based on “good-time credit” Chauvin will likely serve 17 to 21 years on the federal charges and will be on supervised release for 5 years upon his release from prison. Chauvin will serve his time on the federal charges upon the completion of his state sentence of 22 and 1/2 years for second-degree murder.

Chauvin is currently in the appeal process in the Minnesota Court of Appeals to overturn his third-degree murder conviction in the May 2020 death of George Floyd. This appeal was brought on a number of grounds, including allegations of improper admission of evidence, errors in jury selection and prosecutorial misconduct.