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Here's How Much Time Derek Chauvin Could Spend In Prison

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as his defense attorney Eric Nelson gives closing arguments as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill preside Monday, April 19, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.
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In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as his defense attorney Eric Nelson gives closing arguments as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill preside Monday, April 19, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.
With a guilty verdict handed down to Derek Chauvin on all counts in the death of George Floyd, legal experts now are now analyzing what the conviction will mean for the former Minneapolis police officer's sentence.

After one day of deliberation, the jury in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin delivered a guilty verdict on all three counts, including second degree unintentional murder which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

The guilty verdict could set a new legal precedent for police accountability involving in-custody deaths, and now the Justice Department is opening an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department for unlawful or unconstitutional policing.

Eugene Iredale, a San Diego criminal defense attorney at Iredale & Yoo APC, joined Midday Edition on Thursday to break down the specific charges and legal precedent that could be set as a result of the trial.