CHICAGO (CBS) — Thursday the Illinois attorney general’s office announced it’s reviewing the 81-month sentence given to former police officer Jason Van Dyke for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.
The reason behind the review is not clear.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Illinois, Winter Storm Watch For Parts Of Indiana
Van Dyke was sentenced to almost seven years for second-degree murder in McDonald’s death.
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With good behavior, Van Dyke could be out of prison in about three years.
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“It is disappointing that yet another politician has chosen to exploit the tragic death of Laquan McDonald for his own political gain,” defense attorney Dan Herbert said.