Chauvin also admitted guilt in a separate case in which he was accused of using similar tactics on a Minneapolis 14-year-old in 2017.
As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors are requesting that Chauvin be sentenced to 300 months in prison, or 25 years, to be served concurrently with his 22 and a half year sentence on state murder charges.
He also was charged in a second indictment for an incident in which he allegedly used similar tactics on a Minneapolis 14-year-old in September 2017. The indictment alleged that he held the teenager by the throat, struck him in the head with a flashlight and held his knee on the neck and upper back of the teenager even after the teen was lying prone, handcuffed and unresisting.
Chauvin’s courtroom appearance came nearly 18 months after the former officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck and back for 9 minutes and 26 seconds while the 46-year-old Black man, handcuffed and lying prone in the street, gasped for air and told Chauvin and other officers, “I can’t breathe.”
Under Minnesota law, Chauvin will have to serve two-thirds of his sentence, or 15 years, and then will 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 were charged with deprivation of rights under color of law for allegedly failing to give Floyd medical aid, the indictment states. Thao and Kueng are also accused of failing to intervene in Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force, according to the federal indictment.
Thao, Kueng and Lane pleaded not guilty to the charges in September.
Thao, Kueng and Lane still face state charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. They have pleaded not guilty. That trial is currently set for March 2022.
Derek Chauvin pleads guilty in federal court to violating George Floyd’s civil rights