The former police officer, Derek Chauvin convicted of murdering George Floyd, was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison on Friday.
Chauvin was in April convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
He was accused of killing Mr. Floyd in May last year after he knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes, a murder that sparked a global protest movement.
Earlier in the sentencing hearing, Chauvin offered his condolences to the family of George Floyd.
“At this time due to some additional legal matters at hand, I’m not able to give a full formal statement at this time,” Chauvin told the Minneapolis court.
“But briefly though, 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 peace of mind,” he added.
When handing down the sentence, Judge Peter Cahill of Hennepin said, “The sentence is not based on emotion or sympathy.”
Cahill added that his sentence surpassed the state’s sentencing guidelines of 12 1/2 years because Chauvin abused a “position of trust and authority” and displayed a “particular cruelty” toward Floyd.