I’m cooking and listening to the victim statements given behind George Floyd’s family. It’s just heartbreaking. I hope the families will be satisfied by whatever sentence the judge hands down today for Derek Chauvin. I wish for closure for this family who has spent an entire year with the death of their beloved family member popping up on social media and television. They had to grieve publicly. Their pain is unimaginable. The state is of course asking for the maximum sentence. They discuss four aggravating happens. Even one aggravating factor is enough to double the maximum sentence allowed. They have four. I wonder if any of this has an effect on the judge. Does he already know what he is going to sentence Derek Chauvin to?
Also, I am way behind so the verdict may already be out there. Derek’s mother is now pleading for the life of her son. She can barely speak. Can you imagine having to do this? I feel sorry for her. She says he is not a racist. Also, she says Derek Chauvin is a loving and caring man. He didn’t just murder someone. He destroyed his mother’s life. She says she and his father will probably be dead when he gets out. She says that she has read numerous letters from people around the world who believe in his innocence. Who the hell are those people? It’s hard to read his emotions with a mask on.
Derek Chauvin’s attorney says that he has received thousands of emails, letters and phone calls in support of Derek Chauvin. That’s kind of terrifying. I’m going to fast forward through this. The Derek Chauvin gives his condolences to the Floyd family. He says that he has other legal matters that proclude his from speaking about the case.
Derek Chauvin Was Sentenced To 270 Months!
The judge is back! Here we go! The judge says he has a 22 page memorandum he will attach to the sentencing decree. So he is going to only make a brief statement and let the memorandum explain how he arrived at his sentence. So yes, he knew his sentence before this hearing began. The judge recognizes the pain of the Floyd family. He stresses that he followed the law and not the court of public opinion. He was sentenced to 22.5 years. I think that is reasonable. He is 45 years old. The judge based is sentence on his abuse of authority and cruelty. He is not allowed to own guns or ammunition for the remainder of his life. Derek Chauvin seems shocked.
The crowd outside seems like they don’t think that is enough. What do you think? I’m going to post this now. And add more in comments when the family speaks.