"Particular cruelty": Judge finds 4 out of 5 aggravated sentencing factors in Chauvin case

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A Minnesota judge on Tuesday sided with state prosecutors who are seeking a more severe sentence against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been convicted in the murder of George Floyd, according to court documents.

Why it matters: Chauvin faces a sentence of 10–40 years for second-degree murder, though he's unlikely to receive the maximum sentence due to his lack of a criminal record, according to AP. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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Driving the news: Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill agreed with prosecutors that there is evidence to support four of the five aggravating factors that they sought:

  • Chauvin "abused a position of trust and authority."

  • Chauvin "treated George Floyd with particular cruelty."

  • Children were present during the crime.

  • The crime was committed "as a group with the active participation of at least three" other officers, who will face trial for aiding and abetting murder in August.

Yes, but: The judge did not endorse the argument that Floyd "was a particularly vulnerable victim," noting that he was still able to resist arrest and prevent officers from seating him in a squad car.

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