Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years in prison for violating George Floyd’s civil rights.
Chauvin will serve the federal sentence as he serves his 22-and-a-half-year sentence on state charges of manslaughter and manslaughter.
The former police officer pinned George Floyd to the curb outside a corner store in Minneapolis for more than nine minutes as he lay dying on May 25, 2020.
Chauvin was told by US District Judge Paul Magnuson that what he did was “just plain wrong” and “offensive”.
Mr. Magnuson said, “I don’t really know why you did what you did.
“Putting your knee on a person’s neck until he’s expired is just plain wrong.”
Floyd’s brother Philonise also asked for the maximum possible sentence.
He said: “My family and I have been sentenced to life in prison.
“We will never get George’s life back.”
Federal prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Chauvin to 25 years.
Chauvin initially pleaded not guilty to the federal charges, but changed his plea in December.
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, had asked for 20 years, claiming he felt remorse.
However, he did not ask for a direct apology or expression of remorse from Floyd’s family in court.
Instead, he told the family that he wishes Floyd’s children “all the best in their lives” and that they have “a great guide to becoming good adults.”
For the first time, Chauvin admitted keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck, even when he said he couldn’t breathe.
The murder sparked protests against racism and police brutality around the world.
Mr. Magnuson did not set sentencing dates for the other three officers who were on the scene – Tou Thao, J. Alexander Keung and Thomas Lane – who were sentenced in February on federal civil rights charges.