Chauvin attorney argues for probation instead of prison time for George Floyd murder; prosecutors ask for 30 years
June 3, 2021
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin should receive probation instead of prison time for murdering George Floyd because he has no criminal history, has a strong support network and would likely be targeted for violence in prison, his attorney argued in a new court filing.
If the court refuses to grant probation at Chauvin's sentencing on June 25, defense attorney Eric Nelson wrote, it should hand down a prison term lower than recommended by state sentencing guidelines.
"Mr. Chauvin asks the Court to look beyond its findings, to his background, his lack of criminal history, his amenability to probation, to the unusual facts of this case, and to his being a product of a 'broken' system,' " Nelson wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday.