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April 20, 2021 Former agent Derek Chauvin was found guilty by the Minneapolis Jury on all three counts: manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder.

The jurors gathered in the council chamber since Monday reached the verdict unanimously. Derek Chauvin, 44, the former police officer from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is guilty of causing the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, on the evening of May 25, 2020.

For 9 minutes and 29 seconds, Chauvin held the knee pressed to the victim's neck, kept lying face down. Floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe, but the policeman didn't let go. Strong images taken with a mobile phone that shocked the world for their rawness.

The trial took place in Minneapolis. The judge, Peter Cahill, asked each of the twelve members of the popular jury if he was convinced of the verdict.

With second degree murder, the accused is found guilty of causing the death of a person without intending to, but assuming the risk. The sentence ranges from 10 to 15 years in prison, but in some cases it can be up to 40 years.

Third degree murder refers to "indifference to human life". The sentence varies from 10 to 15 years in prison, with a maximum of 25.

With intentional homicide, the principle of "negligent negligence" applies, the lighter than the first two. The penalty ranges from three and a half years to four years and nine months.

Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts, so the penalties add up. The judge will decide at a later time. The former agent can be sentenced to a maximum of 40 years, but if the aggravating circumstances are recognized he can reach 70.

Protesters in the street

The crowd awaiting the verdict of the Floyd trial in Minneapolis welcomed the sentence with enthusiasm, applause and cheers. Similar scenes have been repeated in many other American cities.

Biden also listened live to the verdict

US President Joe Biden followed the reading of the verdict of the trial of Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the murder of African American George Floyd, by the West Wing of the White House.