Supreme Court rejects bid to re-sentence Jason Van Dyke in Laquan McDonald case

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CHICAGO — The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected a bid by prosecutor’s to re-sentence former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

The February request by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon argued that Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan got the guidelines wrong in his sentencing in January. The request came after many criticized the sentence was far too lenient.

Van Dyke was convicted in October 2018 of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in the 2014 slaying of McDonald. He was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison.

Van Dyke was recently moved to the medium security prison Otisville Federal Correctional Institution a medium security prison, in Otisville, N.Y. He was previously in the low security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., and was beaten last month shortly after his arrival to the prison.

His prison records list his release date as February 8, 2022.

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