Today the jury found former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin guilty of all three counts he was facing — second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter — for the same crime: pinning George Floyd’s neck to the asphalt with his knee until he stopped breathing.
What happens next? Sentencing.
Many experts predict the high-end of the sentence to be closer to 40 years. Chauvin’s sentencing date has not yet been set, but will likely take place in several weeks. The judge will consider "aggravating factors" when deciding how to sentence Chauvin. Here are some of the aggravating factors prosecutors could argue in Chauvin’s case:
The victim was treated with particular cruelty for which the individual offender should be held responsible.
The offense was committed in the presence of a child
The offender committed the crime as part of a group of three or more offenders who all actively participated in the crime