Derek Chauvin sentence: how long will the former police officer be in prison - and when will he be sentenced?

The former Minneapolis police officer received a guilty verdict in his trial for the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd

The jury unanimously found the former police officer guilty of second-degree and third-degree murder, and manslaughter.

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The murder of George Floyd sparked global protests against police brutality and racism, with a worldwide audience tuning in for the jury verdict on Tuesday. President Joe Biden is among those who have hailed the verdict, saying that it "can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America".

Derek Chauvin was charged with the second-degree murder of George Floyd (Getty Images)

Now, America faces a long wait to find out just how long Derek Chauvin will be behind bars for the killing of George Floyd.

When will Derek Chauvin be sentenced?

The sentencing of Derek Chauvin will likely take place in two months time.

Judge Peter A. Cahill, who revoked Chauvin’s bail, said that sentencing would likely go ahead in eight weeks time.

How long will Derek Chauvin be imprisoned for?

Both murder charges carry a presumptive sentence of 12.5 years for someone with no criminal history, while the manslaughter charge carries a presumptive sentence of four years.

The three charges each carry a different maximum sentence: second-degree unintentional murder carries 40 years; third-degree murder carries 25; and second degree manslaughter carries 10 years.

Per state law Chauvin is to be sentenced on the second-degree murder charge as it is the most serious of the three charges.

Minnesota sentencing guidelines suggest Chauvin will receive a sentence of around 15 years, but it is expected that he state will push for the maximum 40 year sentence. Prosecutors will cite aggravating factors such as the presence of minors at the scene to push for a lengthier sentence.

How can someone be charged with murder and manslaughter?

Jurors were asked to treat each charge as a "separate and distinct" offence.

As none of the charges required Chauvin to have intentionally killed Floyd he could still be found guilty of all three charges.

To be charged of second degree murder jurors were required to find that Chauvin unintentionally killed Floyd while carrying out another crime, in this case assault in the third degree.

To be found guilty of third-degree murder jurors had to find that Chauvin behaved in an "eminently dangerous" with reckless disregard for Mr Floyd’s life.

The manslaughter charge required the jury to find that Chauvin was culpably negligent in his treatment of Mr Floyd.

Will Chauvin appeal the sentence?

USA Today said that an appeal was in this case “a certainty”.

In the United States 90% of appeals are rejected so the convicted officer faces an uphill struggle to overturn his conviction.

His defence team will likely highlight the intense public scrutiny that Chauvin was under.