The sentence has come down for Derek Shovin just over a year since he killed George Floyd. He was convicted in this court of second degree unintentional murder. I want to bring in Jonathan Turley, Jonathan, some very sort of straightforward words here from the judge who sentenced him. We’re doing the math here on these months and what was subtracted from it for the time given.
It’s about 22 years by our early calculations. Your thoughts on this sentence?
Well, in an ordinary case, a sentence would come down at about 150 months or about 12 and a half years. He said he was tacking on about 10 years due to some of the aggravating factors. The court found four such factors. The ultimate weight of the sentence is a little bit lower than people were expecting. There were many asking for a 30 year sentence. Many others expected it to be around 25. But this is well within the range that I think most courts would have ended up in terms of the enhancements due to those aggravating factors, there is a great deal of.
Leeway here is a criminal defense attorney. I’ve been in this position where you have clients and you try to factor in where they’re going to land, and you have to tell them that there’s a lot of give at the elbows, that these guidelines are discretionary in the federal system, but also in the state system, there’s a range. And what the court here is saying is that I think that you need to go well above the sort of baseline for this type of offense. 10 years is a hefty amount of time.
And I think a lot of people would find this to be a fair sentence.
He’s 45 years old. So he is looking at about 67 years old if you were to serve the entire sentence. But that also I should be very unlikely.
Yeah. You have to keep in mind that in Minnesota, you can just serve two thirds of your sentence due to good time served. But also keep in mind that Shaven and his fellow officers are also being charged with federal offenses. Indeed, Hoven has a federal offense unconnected. I believe that’s being alleged unconnected to Floyd, so that may extend his sentence further. Those other officers have not been convicted. They will stay on trial in March, and they present a more difficult case for the prosecutors, in my view.
Yeah. That’s going to be very interesting to watch to To and Alexander King will be everybody remembers them from the video as well, standing around while all of this happened, and we’ll see what happens when that part of the trial gets underway. What did you think of the fact that Derek Shovan spoke out? I don’t know. Control room. Tell me if we have time to play this. We do. Let’s play a little bit of this and get your reaction.
Thank you, Your Honor. At this time, due to some additional legal matters at hand, I’m not able to give a full formal statement at this time. But very briefly, though, I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family. There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest. And I hope things will we’ll give you some peace of mind. Thank you.
So there was that. What do you make of that, Jonathan?
That was pretty curious. Because if you’re going to say something, now is the time when you’re being sentenced. Otherwise, you’re on your way to Mars. And so I don’t quite get that one.
A strange statement. He’s basically suggesting that there’s some sort of factor that they’re not aware of that is going to give them peace of mind. I don’t know. A very strange moment when he finally did speak out there. Jonathan, thank you very much for being with us today.