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Daley nephew Vanecko pleads guilty in Koschman death

A decade ago 21- year old David Koschman lost his life, on Friday 39- year old Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, the man responsible for throwing the fatal punch, plead guilty and told his mother, “I’m sorry.”

Nanci Koschman called her son the “light of her eyes” saying the pain of his loss will never go away.

In court Friday, Vanecko admitted to punching Koschman after a drunken altercation on Division Street in April of 2004. The Mount Prospect man fell, hit his head and later died from the injury.

chi-richard-vanecko-david-koschman-20140131Vanecko was questioned by police but never charged. In 2011 the case was reopened, but Chicago police decided Vanecko acted in self-defense against the much smaller Koschman. However Vanecko was indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges in 2012, after special prosecutor Dan Webb brought the case to a grand jury.

Vanecko was silent after court. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 60 days of house arrest and 30 months probation. He also agreed to pay Nanci Koschman $20,000 to cover her expenses.

But Nanci Koschman says Vanecko’s apology, is all that truly matters. The still mourning mom plans to visit her son’s grave to deliver a bittersweet message.

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10 Comments to “Daley nephew Vanecko pleads guilty in Koschman death”

    Brin said:
    January 31, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    see you can get away with murder, if you have the right people in your family

    The Cfabc said:
    January 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    This is sickening. Power is so arrogant, it looks you in the face, then it spits in your face and says, yeah I did it, what you gonna do about it !!!

    Tired of the wa$te said:
    January 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    A special prosecutor?? Ahh Crook county, that's right. $20,000 for a life taken way too soon. 60 days in jail for a life taken too soon. And nine years later to boot. RIP Davic Koschman. God be with David's mother.

      Greg Vale said:
      February 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      With a little luck, Vanecko will lose his life during his 60 day sentence – or one can only wish…

    Jock E Shift said:
    January 31, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Never ceases to amaze me how little a life is worth. Politics, connections, and he's off scot-free. Damn lousy Illinois judicial system.

    Choi said:
    January 31, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    MURDER only 60 days speechless. Chicago police officers involved should be charged for hiding evidence.

    Lisa said:
    January 31, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Hope someone give this coward some real jailhouse justice,that sentence sucks.

    jake said:
    January 31, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Who is judging the judges this is joke.

    jimjones said:
    January 31, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Black man would be crucified

    tom said:
    February 1, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Too lenient a sentence.Chicago corruption at work here

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