Derek Chauvin's sentencing is weeks away and the Minnesota attorney general is among those seeking an aggressive sentence for the former cop.
Chauvin was convicted in the May 2020 killing of George Floyd two weeks ago, found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for nine and a half minutes as Floyd complained of trouble breathing and eventual became motionless.
In paperwork filed with the judge on Friday, Attorney General Keith Ellison asked for an 'aggravated sentence' on behalf of the state, citing several factors in the memorandum.
Those factors include Floyd's vulnerable position on the ground, that he was treated with 'particular cruelty,' Chauvin's abuse of authority, the presence of at least four children, and that Chauvin 'committed the crime as part of a group of three or more persons who all actively participated in the crime.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Minnesota AG Keith Ellison is seeking an 'aggravated sentence' for Derek Chauvin
Derek Chauvin was convicted in the death of George Floyd nearly two weeks ago
Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, though he will only be sentenced on the most severe charge
In regards to the 'particular cruelty,' Ellison argues Chauvin 'continued to maintain his position atop Mr. Floyd even as Mr. Floyd cried out that he was in pain, even as Mr. Floyd exclaimed 27 times that he could not breathe, and even as Mr. Floyd said that Defendant’s actions were killing him.'
In the memorandum, Ellison notes that only one aggravating factor needs to be proven to justify an aggravated sentence.
'The State respectfully requests that the Court find the facts necessary to support the existence of all five aggravating factors and state those facts on the record,' the memorandum concludes.
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George Floyd was killed when Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd's neck