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The memorial in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 21. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A Minnesota judge on Tuesday sided with state prosecutors who are seeking a more severe sentence against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been convicted in the murder of George Floyd, according to court documents.

Why it matters: Chauvin faces a sentence of 10–40 years for second-degree murder, though he's unlikely to receive the maximum sentence due to his lack of a criminal record, according to AP. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Driving the news: Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill agreed with prosecutors that there is evidence to support four of the five aggravating factors that they sought:

  • Chauvin "abused a position of trust and authority."
  • Chauvin "treated George Floyd with particular cruelty."
  • Children were present during the crime.
  • The crime was committed "as a group with the active participation of at least three" other officers, who will face trial for aiding and abetting murder in August.

Yes, but: The judge did not endorse the argument that Floyd "was a particularly vulnerable victim," noting that he was still able to resist arrest and prevent officers from seating him in a squad car.

What they're saying: "The application of justice in this case offers hope that we will see real change in the relationship between police and people of color by holding officers properly accountable for egregious behavior and for failing to honor the sanctity of all lives," civil rights attorneys Ben Crump, Antonio Romanucci, and L. Chris Stewart said in a statement.

  • The attorneys applauded Cahill for his ruling.

Read the full ruling.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the lawyers' statement.

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Prosecutor to seek hate crime charges, death penalty in Atlanta shootings

In Hopkinton, Mass., the Rally & Run To Stop Asian Hate is held to show solidarity in the wake of deadly Atlanta shootings and to mourn the loss of eight lives including six Asian women. Photo: Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Prosecutors unveiled murder charges against the white man accused of shooting and killing eight people, six of whom were Asian women, at Atlanta-area spas, AP reports.

Driving the news: A prosecutor filed notice that she plans to seek hate crime charges and the death penalty in the case. Two separate grand juries have now indicted the suspect on murder charges.

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U.S. students fell 4 to 5 months behind during pandemic

An empty classroom in Pinole, Calif. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Elementary school students in the U.S. ended the school year four to five months behind their expected level of academic achievement, according to a new report.

Why it matters: Months of school closures and often inferior remote education eroded what schoolchildren would have learned since the pandemic began, and caused some to go backwards.

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🚨: Simone Biles pulls out of gymnastics team finals citing her mental health

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🎾: Naomi Osaka eliminated from Olympic tennis tournament

⚽️: USA women's soccer ties Australia, propelling them to the quarterfinals

🏉: USA men's rugby knocked out after blowing 21-0 lead to Great Britain

🏊‍♀️: Teen swimmer Lydia Jacoby wins first U.S. women's Tokyo Games gold

👟: World Athletics president supports reviewing marijuana rules in doping

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