Judge denies Jason Van Dyke new trial, sets sentencing date

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CHICAGO —  Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was denied a new trial in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan also set Van Dyke's sentencing date for Jan. 18, 2019.

In October, a jury convicted Van Dyke of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in the death of 17-year-old McDonald.

Van Dyke's legal team had asked the judge to either grant a retrial or dismiss the case all together.

In court filings, Van Dyke’s attorneys claimed he was denied a fair trial, and the court made a mistake in handling a question from the jury.

After hearing arguments, Judge Gaughan ruled that the jury's verdict stands.

Van Dyke is looking at six to 30 years in prison for each of the aggravated battery charges. On the second-degree murder charge, he could get probation or face four to 20 years in prison.


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