CHICAGO (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 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. A judge gave him less than seven years in prison for second-degree murder.
Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of between 18 and 20 years. The defense sought probation.