shawin could be sentenced to more than 20 years in floyd’s death
Shawin, 45, could face decades in prison and many legal experts have estimated the sentence to be between 20 and 25 years. Although Shawin is likely to appeal, he and three other sacked officials still face trial in a federal civil rights case.
Tensions have eased in the county, with concrete barriers erected outside the courtroom, razor wire fencing and National Guard patrols ending since the case was pronounced in April. Even so, it is believed that Shawin’s sentencing will take the city a step further, which has been turbulent since Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020.
Shawin has been convicted of second-degree culpable homicide not amounting to murder, third-degree murder and second-degree homicide for maintaining pressure on Floyd’s neck for nine-and-a-half minutes. Due to this act of Shawin, Floyd could not breathe and he died while he repeatedly said that he was having trouble breathing.
Under Minnesota law, Shawin would only receive a sentence on the most serious charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years. But in the case of the case, the law makes the 30-year sentence practical, which Judge Peter Cahill can sentence, so as not to risk overturning on appeal.
Prosecutors have sought a 30-year sentence, saying Shavin’s move was serious and has hurt the conscience of the nation.
AP Neha Shahid
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