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Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago police officer convicted of fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, appeared in court for sentencing on Friday.
The embattled South Side cop wore a yellow jail jumpsuit and an unruly beard as he faced Judge Vincent Gaughan. His wife and two daughters were present at the hearing.
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Van Dyke - the first Chicago officer to be charged with murder for an on-duty shooting in about 50 years - faces at least several years in prison, if not decades, after being convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery - one for each time he shot McDonald.
The 17-year-old was seen crumpling to the ground in a hail of 16 bullets as he walked away from officers in shocking dashcam footage that stoked outrage nationwide.
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Judge Vincent Gaughan first heard legal arguments about which is the more serious charge against Van Dyke. If he decides the murder charge is more serious, that could lead to a lesser sentence under a complex sentencing equation.
In Illinois, judges are typically required to sentence defendants for the most serious crime for which they're convicted.
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The defense wants Van Dyke to be sentenced for the second-degree murder charge, partly because it carries a shorter mandatory minimum prison term of four years.
Prosecutors want the judge to focus on the 16 aggravated battery counts. Each carries a mandatory minimum prison term of six years and sentences for each count may have to be served consecutively instead of concurrently.
Issue - Attorneys - Witnesses - Case - Circumstances
After that legal issue is settled, attorneys will call witnesses to make the case for aggravating or mitigating circumstances before making their final arguments.
One of Van Dyke's daughters took the stand to testify on her father's behalf and blamed the media for shaming 'police officers for doing their jobs'.
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