Former US policeman could face longer sentence for Floyd murder

A mural of George Floyd on the side of a building in Houston Texas

A mural of George Floyd on the side of a building in Houston Texas

Cahill said he pushed the date back so the federal case can move forward, and the state trial can be distanced from the publicity surrounding Chauvin's murder conviction. The indictment hits Thao and Kueng with counts of failing to intervene when Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 20 seconds. Cahill said the factors he will consider when sentencing the former Minneapolis police officer include his abuse of authority, the fact that he "treated George Floyd with particular cruelty", the presence of children, and that Chauvin committed the crime with the "active participation" of at least three other people.

The former officers - Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng - have been charged by the state with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter for their alleged roles in Floyd's May 25 death.

Cahill said Chauvin and two other officers held Floyd handcuffed, in a prone position on the street for an "inordinate amount of time" and that Chauvin knew the restraint was risky.

In this April 19, 2021, file image from video, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill addresses the court after the judge put the trial into the hands of the jury, in the trial of Chauvin, in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.

Cahill's ruling that there were aggravating factors will allow him to impose a stiffer sentence on the 45-year-old Chauvin, who also faces separate federal civil rights charges in connection with Floyd's death.

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The most serious charge that Chauvin was convicted of - second-degree murder - carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

"I know we can make a better America", he said.

Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, had no comment when asked for a response.

While Cahill accepted most of the prosecution's arguments that aggravating circumstances were present, he rejected one of them, finding that lawyers for the state had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Floyd was "particularly vulnerable". He also argued that the verdict was contrary to the law.

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