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Daley Nephew Completes Jail Term In 2004 Manslaughter Case

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Richard J. "R.J." Vanecko (Chicago Police Department)

Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko (Chicago Police Department)

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(CBS) – A nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley has been released from jail after serving a 60-day sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

The McHenry County Jail reported Monday that R.J. Vanecko, 39, completed his sentence.

Vanecko punched David Koschman, 21, of Mount Prospect, in the face in a drunken confrontation early on April 25, 2004, outside the late-night bars along Division Street. Koschman fell, hit his head on a curb and died 11 days later of brain injuries without regaining consciousness.

Koschman’s death remained an unsolved homicide until 2011, when a Chicago Sun-Times investigation prompted the first in a series of events that led to Vanecko’s indictment in December 2012. Some questioned whether Vanecko’s clout as a nephew of Daley prompted authorities to bury the case.

Under a plea deal a judge approved Jan. 31, Vanecko was to serve 60 days in jail, followed by 60 days of home confinement, supervised by the Cook County Probation Department. He will then be on probation for 30 months.

 

 

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