Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Judge overseeing Chauvin civil rights case admits plea

scheduled tribe. Paul, Min. ( Associated Press) — The judge overseeing the federal civil rights cases of four former Minneapolis police officers in the murder of George Floyd said Wednesday that he has accepted the terms of Derek Chauvin’s plea agreement and that he could be sentenced to 20 to 25 years. will be sentenced. In jail.

Chauvin pleaded guilty to Floyd’s civil rights violations on December 15, admitting for the first time that he placed his knee on Floyd’s neck – even after he was unresponsive – resulting in the death of the black man on May 25, 2020 Went. The former white officer admitted that he deliberately denied Floyd the right to be freed from unreasonable seizure, including undue force, by a police officer.

US District Judge Paul Magnussen deferred accepting the settlement until a presentation inquiry was completed. He said in a one-page order on Wednesday that the report had been released, so it was appropriate to accept the deal now. They have not set a sentencing date for Chauvin.

Chauvin is serving a 22 1/2-year sentence for his murder conviction in state court last year, though he is appealing that sentence. He will serve a state sentence as well as a federal sentence.

If Magnussen accepted the plea agreement, Chauvin waived his right to challenge his federal conviction.

Magnusson also did not set sentencing dates for the three other former officers who were indicted in February on related federal civil rights charges. The presence of Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and Jay Alexander Kueng is still under investigation. They are due to go to trial in state court next month on charges of aiding and abetting Chauvin in the murder of Floyd.

Prosecutors revealed at a pre-trial hearing last month that all three had rejected plea agreements on state charges. Terms were not disclosed. Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, said it was difficult for the defense to negotiate when the three still did not know what their federal sentences would be.

Watch the Associated Press’s full coverage of George Floyd’s death here: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd

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