"As sentence for count one, the court commits you to the custody of the commissioner of corrections for a period of 270 months. That's 270."
A year after the death of George Floyd sparked global protests against police brutality and racial inequality, the man found guilty of Floyd’s murder - former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin - on Friday was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison.
"What the sentence is not based on is emotion or sympathy..."
Judge Peter Cahill said the global notoriety of the case would not sway him, but said it was important to recognize the pain of the Floyd family, who was on hand Friday to describe their year of anguish and dismay.
Before Friday’s sentence was handed down, a video of Floyd’s daughter Gianna was shown in court:
"If you could say anything to your daddy right now, what would it be?" "It would be 'I miss you and I love you."
Floyd’s brothers also spoke of the torture of witnessing their brother under Chauvin's knee over and over again on video.
"I haven't had a real night's sleep because of the nightmares I constantly have hearing my brother beg and plea for his life over and over again."
Derek Chauvin’s mother Carolyn Pawlenty, speaking publicly for the first time... insisted on her son’s innocence:
"My son is a good man. (flash) When you sentence my son, you will also be sentencing me."
And Chauvin himself offered a brief statement to the Floyd family - but stopped short of an apology:
"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 give you some, some peace of mind.”
After the sentencing, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said some - but not all - justice has been served:
"Some measure of accountability. And we understand that there's still federal charges pending. (flash) We have to remember real justice in America will be Black men and Black women and people of color will not have to fear being killed by police..."
Prosecutors had asked for a 30-year prison sentence, double the upper limit indicated in sentencing guidelines for a first-time offender.
The defense had asked for probation and had unsuccessfully sought a retrial ahead of an expected appeal.