Illinois Attorney General Seeks New Sentence For Chicago Police Officer

Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool

(AP) – Illinois’ attorney general says he’s asking the state Supreme Court to order a new sentence for the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced Monday that he’s asked for a court order that would send Jason Van Dyke’s (pictured) case back to the trial judge for a new sentence. It’s a rare move for prosecutors, who believe Van Dyke’s sentence was too lenient.

Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke in January to six years and nine months in prison.

The special prosecutor, Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon, had asked for a sentence of between 18 and 20 years. The defense sought probation.

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