MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Derek Chauvin is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to federal charges related to the murder of George Floyd.
Chauvin was found guilty in state court and sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison, but he now faces a life sentence.
The change of plea will happen in federal court in St. Paul, and it won’t be the end until Judge Paul Magnuson accepts it.
WCCO discussed the case with criminal defense attorney Joe Tamburino, who was not involved in the case.
“This will be the first time Mr Chauvin has spoken in public about what happened. He would have to methodically explain why he committed the crime, that he knew what he was doing would violate Mr. Floyd’s civil rights,” Tamburino said.
Members of Floyd’s family are expected in court. Among the possibilities Chauvin could receive in exchange for the charge is a lower federal sentence, giving him the chance to not have to die a prisoner.
He may also receive an offer to be sent to federal prison instead of state prison. Federal prisons are considered by many to be a better place to serve sentences, both in terms of safety and available programs.
Tamburino says: “Programming the educational treatment. “There are so many programs that different inmates are allowed to join if they are accepted.”
Out of concern for his safety, Chauvin is currently being held in the state’s highest security prison at Oak Park Heights. As part of his plea, he may agree to testify in federal and state trials about three other former officers charged in Floyd’s death: J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao .
The remaining three have long since sought to distance themselves and even blame Chauvin. All three will face a federal trial next month in St. Paul, and they will also face a state trial in Hennepin County Court starting in March.
At this point, Chauvin is still appealing his sentence.
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