Derek Chauvin, convicted of murder, is close to finalizing a plea deal on the federal charges he faces.
According to WCOO, To a local Minnesota news outlet, the deal would require Chauvin, the former Minnesota police officer who was sentenced to 22.5 years for murdering George Floyd, to speak publicly about Floyd’s death for the first time.
The deal would guarantee that Chauvin would spend his time in federal prison rather than state prison. It was also reported that the guilty plea will also prevent him from being sentenced to life in prison in another trial.
During last week’s sentencing, when the judge asked Chauvin to speak about George Floyd’s death, he made a surprising comment, saying that he was “unable to give a” formal statement for legal reasons. “However,” I give my Condolences to the Floyd family. There will be some other information in the future that will be of interest and I hope this gives you some reassurance. ”
That comment was a clear reference to what has happened now. If Chauvin accepts the deal, he would have to talk about why he decided to kill George Floyd.
Last week, a Minnesota judge sentenced Chauvin to 22 1/2 years in prison for murdering Floyd during an arrest for a counterfeit $ 20 bill last May. This sentence was 10 years longer than state sentencing guidelines recommended and was “one of the longest any police officer in the United States has received in modern times for the death of a civilian” by the Attorney General of Minnesota Keith Ellison.