Prosecutors ask for 96 years for Van Dyke

CHICAGO — Prosecutors told a court that they want Jason Van Dyke to serve at least 96 years for the murder of Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Monday.

Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of of aggravated battery, one count for each shot, in Chicago on Oct. 8.

From the Sun-Times:

Legal experts think Judge Vincent Gaughan is unlikely to give Van Dyke a sentence anywhere near that long, but debate on how long Van Dyke’s minimum and maximum prison time has been unusually divided.

Van Dyke would have to serve at least 85 percent of whatever sentence he is assigned for an aggravated battery count. McMahon argued that the law requires consecutive sentences on each count, since each gunshot caused serious bodily harm to the 17-year-old McDonald.

At trial, a medical examiner said that each wound McDonald suffered contributed to the blood loss that ultimately killed McDonald. A defense expert argued that one gunshot in particular, which tore through an artery in McDonald’s heart, likely caused him to bleed to death almost immediately, though doctors at Mount Sinai hospital performed surgery on McDonald in an attempt to revive him.

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