Will Derek Chauvin be out in 15 years? Ex-cop eligible for parole after two-thirds of sentence

Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in jail for killing Geroge Floyd last year

                            Will Derek Chauvin be out in 15 years? Ex-cop eligible for parole after two-thirds of sentence
Judge Peter Cahill announcing the verdict while Derek Chauvin looks on (YouTube)

Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years behind bars on Friday, June 25, for the murder of George Floyd. Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, when the former Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes. The sentencing of Chauvin came after on April 20, he was found guilty of several charges, including second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for the death of the African-American man.

However, during the June 25 sentencing, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill also declared that Chauvin could be released on parole only after serving in jail for 15 years. While reading out the verdict, Judge Cahill said that the sentencing was “not based on emotion and not to send any message.” Besides, the judge will reportedly file a 22-page sentencing order with his full reasoning soon. Though most outside the court seemed happy with the sentencing, there were many on the internet who criticized it and also his release only after 15 years.


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A Twitter user said, “#DerekChauvin being sentenced to only 22.5 years for the murder of #GeorgeFloyd doesn't feel like enough time. He should've gotten life for taking a life.” The second user noted, “Judge Peter Cahill sentences Derek Chauvin 22 1/2 years of which he must serve 15 years without possibility of parole. It is not enough. Not nearly enough.” The third one tweeted, “Derek Chauvin will serve 15 years out of the 22.5 sentence for MURDER. My former client William Underwood served 33yrs out of a life w/o parole sentence for DRUG conspiracy. Again it is always JUST US, not Justice!!”

Derek Chauvin is sentenced to 22.5 years for the murder of George Floyd (Twitter)







Derek Chauvin's mother Carolyn Pawlenty gave a statement during her son's sentencing for the murder of George Floyd (Twitter)


A person noted, “Derek Chauvin should receive life without parole. Full Stop.” Another one stated, “Derek Chauvin only got 22 1/2 years but ‘With good behavior, Chauvin could get out on parole after serving about two-thirds of his sentence.’… I hate it here.” “Derek Chauvin gets 22 1/2 years in prison eligible for parole in 15 years WOW!! is that justice for murder? hell no!! #ChauvinSentencing,” a tweet added.







One person pointed out, “22.5 years for Derek Chauvin. More than I expected. Not nearly enough to pay for what he did. He more than murdered George Floyd in broad daylight using his authority, he embolded a mindset in others. We have to actively show we are better than that. He isn't all of us.” A tweet stated, “Derek Chauvin deserves life in prison but our country is racist and we have a racist justice system. When I am in Congress, I will propose a bill to change Derek Chauvin’s sentence to life. Further, I will propose a bill to rename the US Capitol in George Floyd’s honor.”