Jason Van Dyke sentence: 81 months, or 6 years and 9 months, in prison.
Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer convicted of murdering 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, was sentenced to 81 months, or 6 years and 9 months, in prison and two years mandatory supervised release.
In 2014, Van Dyke shot the black teen 16 times. Video of the shooting from a police dashboard camera, released more than a year later, was a key piece of evidence in the trial and inflamed public reaction across the country.
In October, jurors took a few hours over two days to determine their verdict. Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery.
Judge Vincent Gaughan said he considered the most serious charge to be the second degree murder charge, not the 16 aggravated battery charges, and made his sentencing decision on that murder charge.
The special prosecutor argued that aggravated battery with firearm was the more serious of the crimes of which Van Dyke is convicted and should be sentenced consecutively on those charges instead of the second degree murder charge, which carries a lesser sentence.
The prosecution asked for 18 to 20 years in prison. The defense asked for probation. Van Dyke’s sentence is eligible for reduction for good behavior, and ABC7 Legal Analyst Bob Milan said the former police officer could be out in as little as three years.
“The defense won the battle. But Joe McMahon and the special prosecutor team they won the war. They convicted for the first time, in Chicago history, they convicted an officer in the line of duty regarding a shooting that took somebody’s life.” Milan said.
Van Dyke’s sentence includes time served.