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Chauvin waived his right to have a jury consider whether there were aggravating factors that would call for an upward departure — leaving that decision in the hands of Judge Peter Cahill. Cahill said he would give both sides a week to write legal briefs about aggravating factors, then he'll take a week to issue findings on that issue.

Cahill also ordered a pre-sentence investigation report, which is required in Minnesota and normally confidential. This report is typically prepared by a probation officer and includes information such as a defendant's characteristics, circumstances, criminal record and social history. It also includes details of the offense and the harm it caused others and the community.

Cahill said both sides will be able to respond to that report before he issues a sentence in two months. An exact date for sentencing has not been set.

Regardless of the final sentence, in Minnesota, defendants typically serve two-thirds of their penalty in prison, with the rest on parole.


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