Attorney Eric Nelson filed a motion Wednesday requesting that his client, former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, get probation and time served instead of prison time, citing the circumstances of the case, Chauvin’s lack of criminal history, and arguing that the former officer will be targeted in prison.
In a separate filing, Nelson asked that Chauvin receive a new trial in a new location, on grounds including prosecutorial misconduct and juror bias, according to the Star Tribune.
A jury in April found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in relation to the death of George Floyd.
The former officer is set for sentencing on June 25 and is facing up to 40 years behind bars. Such a sentence would be particularly steep, considering “state sentencing guidelines call for a prison term between about 10½ and 15 years, with a presumptive sentence of 12½ years, for someone with no criminal history such as Chauvin,” the tribune noted.
“Mr. Chauvin asks the Court