What's next for Derek Chauvin after guilty verdict

ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams discusses sentencing for the former police officer and what kind of prison time he can expect.
2:21 | 04/21/21

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Dan, thank you for being here this morning so we heard the judge say sentencing in eight weeks yesterday after he read those three guilty verdicts aloud. What type of prison time is chauvin facing? He's facing the highest of the charges, second degree murder and the presumptive sentence is 12 1/2 years under the sentencing guidelines with someone with no criminal background but prosecutors are asking for an enhancement, they're asking for a stiffer sentence, among the reasons that they're going to be citing is the fact that he was a police officer, the fact that George Floyd was vulnerable and that there were children present. Remember, we've been talking about this. This 9-year-old girl who testified in this case wasn't just an eyewitness, she could also be a critical witness in the context of sentencing because if this sort of crime occurs in the presence of children, you can get an enhanced sentence as well. Curious, Dan, we know three other officers are facing charges in connection with the murder of George Floyd. Does yesterday's guilty verdict have any impact or effect on their cases? Well, if there had been a not guilty verdict it would have had an impact because the three of them are charged with aiding and abetting murder. Now that there has been a conviction, those cases sort of move forward as expected but those three are being tried together and they're all going to have very different defenses they'll be saying, I wasn't responsible. They'll be pointing fingers and expected there will be a lot of finger-pointing going on in that trial at the man who was just convicted, Derek chauvin, saying, it was his fault, it was his responsibility, I shouldn't be held legally culpable. Dan, it was pretty remarkable watching that verdict come down relatively quickly, the jury was very diverse. We talked about how that makeup was. Do you think that that has an impact on how this verdict resonates with Americans and the Well, it should, right? This is really a reflection of America. Six whites, four blacks, two people who cite themselves as multiracial coming together with a quick and unanimous verdict. All right, Dan Abrams, we appreciate your legal insight always.

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