Eight weeks after being convicted of George Floyd’s murder, former cop Derek Chauvin will return to court to find out how long he will be behind bars.
On Friday, the Hennepin County District Court confirmed that Judge Peter Cahill’s sentencing was set for June 16 at 1:30 pm local time, according to online records.
While Chauvin has been found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, he will face only the most severe sentence due to the Minnesota statutes.
Second degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years, but sentencing guidelines allow judges to sentence someone with no criminal record from 10 years and eight months to 15 years.
Prosecutors will ask for a sentence above the guideline range due to aggravating factors.
Chauvin was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday pending sentencing in the maximum security prison, Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights.
He was separated from the general population “for his safety”. The Daily Mail reported that he was on “suicide guard” while The New York Times he said he spent 23 hours a day in solitary confinement.
YouTimes he was the first to report the date of the sentence of June 16 before it was confirmed by the court.
Mr. Cahill, meanwhile, ruled on Friday that the identity of the jurors would remain under seal for at least 180 days before revisiting in confidence.
In Friday’s order, he said the case remains of great public interest and that the seal “will protect those jurors who wish to remain anonymous from unwanted publicity or harassment.”
That seal covers the list of potential jurors, juror profiles, questionnaires, and the original verdict form.
Jurors who wish to identify themselves and speak publicly, however, may do so voluntarily.
An alternative juror who lives in the Brooklyn Center, the scene of the Daunte Wright shooting riots, said in an interview with KARE11 that he had mixed feelings about being on the jury for fear of rioters coming to his home.
“The reason, at the time, was that I didn’t know what the outcome would be, so I thought either way you’d disappoint one group or the other,” he said.
“I didn’t want to suffer riots and destruction again and I was worried about people coming to my house if they weren’t happy with the verdict.”
Additional Associated Press reporting