The former police officer was handed the sentence by a Minnesota judge during a court hearing.
On April 20, 45-year-old Chauvin was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after a trial.
Prosecutors had asked for a 30-year prison sentence – double the upper limit indicated in sentencing guidelines for a first-time offender.
Speaking through his attorney Eric Nelson, Chauvin had asked the the judge to sentence him to probation, writing that the murder of Floyd was “best described as an error made in good faith.”
In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors from the Minnesota attorney general’s office argued the crime had “shocked the conscience of the Nation”.
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