The prosecution sought a sentence of 30 years in prison.
With good governance, Chauvin could be released after serving two thirds of his sentence, ie in 15 years.
Chauvin was convicted in April of killing Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25 last year.
He expressed his condolences to the family of George Floyd before the court today, before the verdict was pronounced.
This is the first time that Chauvin has spoken directly with Floyd’s family.
Chauvin told the judge that “at this moment, for procedural reasons, he is not able to give a full official statement.”
“I want to express my condolences to the Floyd family. There will be some other important information in the future. I hope that will bring you some peace. Thank you,” Chauvin said.
Floyd died during the arrest, when Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck for nine minutes, although the African-American complained that he could not breathe.
After the video of the arrest surfaced in the public, mass demonstrations against racism and police brutality broke out in numerous American cities, and then around the world.