The former police officer offered his condolences to the family of his victim.
Before being convicted, former police officer Derek Chauvin gave his condolences to the family of African American George Floyd, for whose murder he was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.
"There will be information in the future that might be of interest, and I hope it will give you, in some way, peace of mind," said Chauvin, addressing Floyd's family in the final session of his trial in a Minneapolis courthouse. At this time, due to some additional legal issues, I am unable to make a full formal statement, Chauin told the Minneapolis court. "But in a nutshell, I want to offer my condolences to the Floyd family."
After his brief words, the hearing went into a brief recess before the reading of the sentence.
These are the first words that are heard from Chauvin in court after he refused to testify during the trial that lasted six weeks between last March and April.
Chauvin spoke after Floyd's family, the prosecution, the defense, and his mother offered a few words in this session before hearing the sentence.
The former agent remained seated in the dock at all times, wearing a mask against COVID-19. When everyone finished speaking, he approached the podium and took off his mask to give his statement.
The former police officer was convicted of second-degree involuntary murder, murder in the third degree, and second-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors have requested 30 years in prison, while his defense has asked for parole.
The second-degree involuntary murder charge holds that Chauvin assaulted Floyd with his knee, unintentionally causing his death. The third-degree murder alleges that the police officer at the time acted with a depressed mind, and the massacre alleges that Floyd's death was the result of Chavin's criminal negligence.
Floyd died on May 25 of last year after Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck for more than nine minutes, triggering a wave of protests and race riots in the United States not seen since the killing of Martin Luther King. The late 1960s.