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interesting question

Each charge establishes a different degree of guilt

What is important is the second degree murder is the highest penalty and is used as the base. The other two charges are not additive. However, the 2nd degree murder charge can be enhanced for aggravating factors Second degree murder needs prove the defendant intended to commit the assault and, as a result, George Floyd sustained substantial bodily harm and died from that harm.

https://www.findlaw.com/criminal/criminal-charges/second-deg...

a judge can increase a second-degree murder sentence if the defendant's conduct was exceptionally heinous, cruel, brutal, or degrading to the victim. Other aggravating factors include a defendant's criminal history, whether the crime constituted a hate crime, and whether the defendant used a firearm in the commission of the crime.


Third degree murder is a lesser charge of unintentional actions that are dangerous enough to cause death. Chauvin, as illustrated by the video is comfortable with his decision to stay on Floyd's neck on purpose.

2nd degree manslaughter is negligence leading to death. Chauvin was aware he could cause harm but was not intending to cause death

Being convicted of 2nd degree murder carries the longest prison time that can be increased for all aggravating factors.
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