AG Raoul Challenges Van Dyke’s Sentence

Attorney General Kwame Raoul, left, and Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon speak during a news conference Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Chicago. Raoul and McMahon, who won the conviction against Jason Van Dyke, said they believe Judge Vincent Gaughan did not properly apply the law when he sentenced Van Dyke to six years and nine months in prison. In a rare move, they filed a request with the Illinois Supreme Court seeking an order that would send the case back to Gaughan for a new sentence. (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir)

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Special Prosecutor Joe McMahon are challenging Jason Van Dyke’s prison sentence. The challenge is against Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan’s decision to hand down a prison term against the former Chicago cop for second-degree murder and not aggravated battery. Raoul doesn’t believe the law was followed by Judge Gaughan. Less than a month ago, Van Dyke received a sentence of six years and nine months in prison for the deadly 2014 shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald. The decision angered activists, who expected a stiffer punishment after a jury last year found the defendant guilty of second-degree murder and 16-counts of aggravated battery.

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