Illinois Supreme Court Denies State’s Request To Resentence Jason Van Dyke

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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke confers with his attorney Daniel Herbert during his sentencing hearing for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago. Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke confers with his attorney Daniel Herbert during his sentencing hearing for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago. Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool

Illinois Supreme Court Denies State’s Request To Resentence Jason Van Dyke

The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the state’s petition to throw out former Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke’s 81-month prison sentence.

Van Dyke was convicted of second degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for shooting and killing Chicago teen Laquan McDonald in 2014. He is scheduled to be released on Feb. 8, 2022 after serving less than three years behind bars.

Special Prosecutor Joseph McMahon and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul challenged Van Dyke’s sentence last month. His attorneys objected to the state’s request, and the Supreme Court issued its order Tuesday without comment from the majority.

WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell joins the Morning Shift for the latest in the Van Dyke case.

GUESTS: Chip Mitchell, WBEZ criminal justice reporter

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