Will Chicago Cop Convicted of McDonald Killing Get New, Tougher Sentence?

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In an unusual move, the Illinois attorney general’s office is “reviewing” former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s relatively lenient prison sentence, a spokeswoman for the office said Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Spokeswoman Maura Possley declined to elaborate on what exactly the office is examining, but legal experts said the attorney general might be considering whether to petition the Illinois Supreme Court to order the trial judge to sentence Van Dyke again under tougher guidelines. Last week, former state Sen. Kwame Raoul was sworn in as attorney general just days before Van Dyke was sentenced to less than seven years in prison for shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.

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