Derek Chauvin’s mother addressed court before his conviction and told court he was innocent, not racist and “a good man”

Roommates, minutes before he was finally sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, Derek Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, addressed the judge directly and pleaded for the leniency in his conviction. At one point in her written statement, she called Derek Chauvin “innocent,” not racist and “good man” – never mentioning Floyd’s death.

Speaking to Justice Cahill before reading her official conviction, Carolyn Pawlenty said the following about her son Derek Chauvin:

“My son’s identity was also reduced to that of a racist. I want this court to know that none of these things are true and that my son is a good man. [The public] will never know the loving and caring man that he is. I always believed in [Derek’s] innocence and I will never stray from it. When you condemn him, you will condemn me too. I won’t be able to see him or give him our special hug. When he is released his father and I probably won’t be there.

As we previously reported, former Minneapolis Police Officer and convicted murderer Derek Chauvin was formally sentenced to 22.5 years in prison after previously being convicted of unintentional second degree murder, third murder. degree and second degree manslaughter. He will also receive a credit for the time already served.

He was immediately returned to custody and transferred to the Minnesota Correctional Center.

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