MINNEAPOLIS — Editor's note: The video above first aired on Jan. 18, 2023.
Disgraced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday to 13 months in prison for tax evasion, a penalty he won't serve a day of.
Chauvin appeared for the sentencing hearing in Washington County via Zoom from a prison in Tuscon, AZ, where he is serving time for the murder of George Floyd. He explained to those attending that he and his now ex-wife Kellie Chauvin were having financial difficulties at the time that resulted in charges being filed. Chauvin said a family member gave them significant funds to pay off their tax debt from a previous year, but they'd been playing catchup ever since.
The former couple admitted earlier that they did not file their MN taxes for multiple years.
KARE 11's Lou Raguse was monitoring the hearing and reports that when Kellie Chauvin is sentenced in May, the judge will sign a restitution order that requires the two to pay back nearly $38,000 in taxes.
In July of 2022 Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years in prison on federal charges that he violated George Floyd's civil rights at the time of Floyd's murder in May 2020.
Judge Paul Magnusson gave Chauvin credit for the seven months he already served, bringing his sentence moving forward to 245 months, or just over 20 years.
Chauvin's federal plea deal called for the former cop to serve his federal and state sentences at the same time, and for him to be transferred from a Minnesota state prison to a federal prison where experts say Chauvin likely will be safer and may be held under less restrictive conditions.
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