By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The ten-year-old girl whose testimony at George Floyd’s trial is being cited by prosecutors as a reason for why Chauvin should never leave prison said on Wednesday morning that she felt ‘kinda proud’ of her contribution to his conviction.
Jedeah Reynolds was nine last May when she walked to the Cup Foods store in Minneapolis with her older cousin to buy snacks. She had pestered her to go. When they were there, Floyd was arrested and killed by Chauvin.
The girl’s adult cousin filmed it and her footage led to Chauvin’s arrest and conviction. Jedeah was presented as a prosecution witness. She told the court that watching Chauvin crush Floyd’s neck made her ‘sad and kind of mad’. Now, prosecutors are citing her as one of the reasons the judge should ignore sentencing guidelines and come down harder on Chauvin than the law requires.
Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter yesterday and is now in a maximum security prison awaiting sentencing.
Minnesota State Law decrees that an offender will only be sentenced for the most serious offense if convicted of multiple felonies that stem from a single act. In this case, the most serious offense is second degree murder which carries a minimum of 12.5 years and a maximum of 40 years.
Prosecutors have not been clear about how long they will ask the judge to put Chauvin away for but they have said they will ask him to consider aggravating factors like the trauma the killing had on Jedeah. On Wednesday, she appeared on Good Morning America with a chaperone to talk about the trial.
Asked how she felt about the verdict, she answered shyly: ‘Kinda proud’. She also said she was watching the verdict come in from home, with her mother and father, who told her: ‘We won’ and ‘this will bring change.’