Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty on Wednesday (December 15) to a federal charge of violating George Floyd’s civil rights. 

The guilty plea will keep the former Minneapolis police officer from going to trial for the charge, however, he is likely to spend more time behind bars.

The federal charge alleged that Derek Chauvin deprived George Floyd of his rights by kneeling on his neck while he was handcuffed and not resisting. 

Chauvin has already been sentenced to 22 1/2 years behind bars for the May 25, 2020 murder of George.

If a judge gives Chauvin the maximum 25 years request on the federal charge it would end up being another six years and three months added to his current sentence. 

With good behavior, he could be back out on the streets in about 15 years. 


Source: Associated Press