Watch Live: Reaction to Jason Van Dyke’s Sentence
Breaking news: Jason Van Dyke Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison
More than three months after a Cook County jury returned 17 guilty verdicts, former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to just under seven years in prison for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald.
Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan handed down the sentence about 5:30 p.m. after a day of testimony.
///BREAKING/// Ex-Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been sentenced to 81 MONTHS in prison stemming from his conviction in the 2014 on-duty shooting of Laquan McDonald.
— Matt Masterson (@ByMattMasterson) January 18, 2019
Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in October, becoming the first Chicago officer in decades to be convicted of murder for an on-duty shooting.