Former Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke sentenced to 81 months for fatally shooting Laquan McDonald

AmNews Staff Reports | 1/19/2019, 7:59 a.m.
Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced Friday to 81 months in the killing of Laquan McDonald, a ...
Laquan McDonald (left) and former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke McDonald Family/Cook County State Attorney

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced Friday to 81 months in the killing of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, more than four years after the shooting.

Van Dyke was found guilty in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm — one for each time McDonald was struck — for the 2014 shooting, which prompted protests throughout Chicago and fueled the ongoing nationwide conversation about police shootings.

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