Court dismisses former cop Jason Van Dyke’s appeal in Laquan McDonald murder case

Van Dyke was convicted in 2018 for killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.

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Jason Van Dyke’s latest appeal has been dismissed at his request to avoid “additional years of litigation” and to bring “finality to the thorough prosecution of this case in which his rights were protected and justice was served,” said Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon.

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s appeal of his 2018 conviction for killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was dismissed Friday.

Illinois’ First District Appellate Court made the ruling Friday at Van Dyke’s request.

In 2018, Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in McDonald’s death.

Van Dyke was sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in prison for killing McDonald in 2014. After responding to a disturbance call in the 4100 Block of South Pulaski Road on Oct. 20, 2014, Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times. Most of the shots he fired were after McDonald fell to the ground.

Van Dyke’s attorney filed a motion with the court Sept. 29, 2020, asking his appeal to be dropped.

“Mr. Van Dyke’s decision prevents additional years of litigation, bringing finality to the thorough prosecution of this case in which his rights were protected and justice was served,” said Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon.

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