By: Andrew Martinez
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Third-Degree Murder Charge Reinstated Against Derek Chauvin
A Hennepin County Judge has reinstated a third-degree murder charge in the case of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was already facing charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
In Minnesota, second-degree murder carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years. A third-degree murder carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison stated, “We believe the Court of Appeals decided this matter correctly. We believe the charge of 3rd-degree murder, in addition to manslaughter and felony murder, reflects the gravity of the allegations against Mr. Chauvin.”