“Van Dyke was sentenced on just the murder charge, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan said.
The veteran police officer was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm for the shooting in October 2014. He was the first Chicago police officer to be charged with first-degree murder since 1980.
In court Friday, Special Prosecutor Joe McMahon recommended Van Dyke be sentenced to a minimum of 18 years for the aggravated battery charges after an expert for the defense testified 2 of the gunshots caused severe bodily injury.
At the maximum, McMahon said, Van Dyke could serve 96 years — 6 years for each of the aggravated battery charges, served concurrently, if they were all found to be fatal.”
Former Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke sentenced to 81 months for fatally shooting Laquan McDonald
Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced Friday to 81 months in the killing of Laquan McDonald.