Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison sentence for Derek Chauvin, the ex-cop convicted of murdering George Floyd — while his defense wants him released on probation, according to new court documents.
In a new filing Wednesday, prosecutors urged Judge Peter Cahill to go with the lengthy sentence — which is twice the upper limit of Minnesota guidelines — because the murder “shocked the nation’s conscience.”
“No sentence can undo Mr. Floyd’s death, and no sentence can undo the trauma Defendant’s actions have inflicted,” the prosecutors wrote of Chauvin, who was convicted in April of murder and manslaughter in the case that sparked riots and ongoing protests across the US.
“But the sentence the Court imposes must show that no one is above the law, and no one is below it,” prosecutors wrote of the 45-year-old ex-cop who pinned Floyd under his knee in May last year even as he was unconscious.
“Defendant’s sentence must hold him fully accountable for his