Favre doesn't believe Chauvin killed George Floyd intentionally

George Floyd's family responds to Raiders'

Judge Peter Cahill remanded Chauvin into custody on Tuesday following his conviction on second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Between now and June 16, Cahill must decide whether there were aggravating factors that could merit a prison term above state sentencing guidelines. He was put into a segregated housing unit for his own safety, a prison spokesperson said.

Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, third-degree murder a maximum of 25 years and second-degree manslaughter a maximum of 10 years.

In any case, Chauvin showed little in the way of surprise after being found guilty by the jury of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

However, Chauvin has no prior criminal record.

He says there will be a pre-sentence investigation followed by sentencing. "There's still a lot more things, there's still a sentencing to come and that will be eight weeks from now".

The fact that he had the foresight to write such a message indicates the former Minneapolis cop may have been expecting a guilty verdict. Afterward, his bail was revoked and he was placed in handcuffs and removed from the court through a side door. The officers were on scene when Chauvin, the most senior officer of the group, used his knee to pin Floyd, a Black man, to the ground for about nine minutes.

The defense called seven witnesses - but not Chauvin himself, as he invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify. "But Eric Nelson was defending the indefensible". Floyd slowly went silent and limp. That's how George Floyd's younger brother Philonise reacted, tears streaming down his face, as a USA court convicted a now-sacked cop of murder and manslaughter for pinning the Black man to the pavement with his knee on the victim's neck in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious re-examination of racism and policing in America.

Finally, five separate medical experts explained that Floyd died from a lack of oxygen when Chauvin restricted his ability to breathe in what's known as "positional asphyxia". But that was not an argument Chauvin could easily make.

In a first for Minnesota, the trial was broadcast live in its entirety to accommodate Covid-19 attendance restrictions, giving the public a rare look into the heart of the legal system. But the all-guilty verdict rapidly alleviated fears of unrest.

"Obviously we didn't know what the verdict would be and what emotions the verdict would elicit, so we were just asking people to be kind and try to meet people where they are, knowing that could be a wide range", Slattery said.

Three other officers at the scene of Floyd's arrest - J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao face trial August 23 on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.



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