Convicted former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is no longer in federal custody in New York and has been moved to a state prison outside of Illinois, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Illinois corrections officials would not disclose his location, but the Maryland Division of Corrections shows an inmate with Van Dyke’s name and date of birth is being held at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore. Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lindsey Hess said Illinois claims jurisdiction over Van Dyke, who is serving a nearly seven-year prison sentence after his second-degree murder conviction for the death of Laquan McDonald.
Hess confirmed Van Dyke was transferred Tuesday to a state prison, but she wouldn’t get any more specific than that “for his safety.” A jury found Van Dyke guilty in October 2018 of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for the shooting death of the 17-year-old McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke in January to nearly seven years in prison, though he is expected to serve only a little more than three years. Officials moved Van Dyke in February from a jail 170 miles west of Chicago to a federal prison in Danbury, Ct. Van Dyke told his lawyers he had been beaten up by other inmates four hours after arriving in Connecticut.