Chauvin also admitted guilt in a separate case in which he allegedly used the same tactic against a 14-year-old in Minneapolis in 2017.
As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors asked that Chauvin be sentenced to 300 months in prison, or 25 years, along with his 22-and-a-half year sentence for murder.
He was also charged in a second indictment for an incident in which he allegedly used the same tactic against a 14-year-old Minneapolis child in September 2017. The indictment alleges. that he had held the teenager’s throat, hit the boy’s head with a flashlight. and keep your knees on the teen’s neck and upper back even when the teen is prone, handcuffed and unsupported.
Chauvin appeared in the courtroom nearly 18 months after the former officer hugged Floyd’s neck and back with his knees for 9 minutes and 26 seconds while the 46-year-old black man, handcuffed and prone in the street, gasped for air. gasped and said to Chauvin and the other officers, “I can’t breathe.”
Under Minnesota law, Chauvin would have to serve two-thirds of his sentence, or 15 years, and would then be eligible for supervised release for the remaining seven and a half years.
Chauvin and former officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are charged with disqualification under the law for allegedly failing to provide medical aid to Floyd, the indictment states. Thao and Kueng are also accused of not interfering with Chauvin’s unjustified use of force, according to the federal indictment.
Thao, Kueng and Lane pleaded not guilty in September.
Thao, Kueng and Lane still face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. They pleaded not guilty. That test is now set for March 2022.