George Floyd’s death triggered one of the biggest civil unrests in U.S history. After Derek Chauvin was held accountable for his death, the former Minneapolis police officer is now looking at a long federal prison sentence.

Chauvin pled guilty back in December 2021 for violating Floyd’s civil rights. That was the first time he had admitted to keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck. Now, the ex-cop was sentenced by a federal judge to serve 21-years in prison, according to a report from Associated Press. This new sentence will be served at the same time as his previous sentence.

Derek Chauvin already has a running sentence of 22 1/2 years that he received in a separate case. He was convicted for state charges of murder and manslaughter, and has been behind bars ever since he was sentenced.

The federal sentence will be combined with the sentence Chauvin is already undergoing, according to the plea agreement. Prosecutors chose to pursue a sentence of 20 to 25 years after determining that Chauvin’s actions were performed in cold blood.

George Floyd passed away on May 25, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chauvin pinned Floyd on a pavement outside a Minneapolis corner store. Cops suspected Floyd of passing a fake $20, and it resulted in this tragedy. Even though Floyd said he could not breathe, Chauvin didn’t take his knee off Floyd for more than 9 minutes.

Chauvin is looking at a very long time behind bars, and he may never be a free man again. We will continue monitoring this ongoing story here at Thirsty.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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