Chauvin pleads guilty to federal charges in Floyd’s death

FILE - Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin addresses the court as Hennepin County...
FILE - Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin addresses the court as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over Chauvin's sentencing at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis June 25, 2021. On Nov. 1, 2021, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over the trial of Chauvin, made public the names of jurors who convicted the former Minneapolis police officer of murdering George Floyd.(Court TV via AP, Pool, File)
Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 9:24 AM CST
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has pleaded guilty to federal charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights.

Chauvin’s plea Wednesday means he will not face a federal trial in January, though he could end up spending more years behind bars.

Chauvin, who is white, was convicted this spring of state murder and manslaughter charges for pinning his knee against Floyd’s neck as the Black man said he couldn’t breathe during a May 25, 2020, arrest.

Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in that case.

Three other former officers -- Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao -- were indicted on federal charges alongside Chauvin earlier this year.

They are still on course for trial early next year on those charges, with a state trial still to come.

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