Judge Peter Cahill has ruled that prosecutors in the Derek Chauvin trial have proven “beyond a reasonable doubt” some aggravating sentencing factors. The ruling could mean a longer sentence for Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the murder of George Floyd. Cahill says prosecutors have proven that Chauvin abused a position of authority, treated Floyd with particular cruelty, children were present during the commission of the offense, and Chauvin committed the crime as a group with the active participation of at least three other people. Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin is set to be sentenced on June 25th. Judge Cahill’s ruling can be found here.
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