Ex-Chicago officer’s sentencing date set in McDonald murder

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has set a Jan. 18 sentencing date for a white former Chicago police officer convicted of murder in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

A jury in October found Jason VanDyke guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for the 2014 shooting. Dashcam video showed VanDyke firing his weapon 16 times as the 17-year-old walked away from police while holding a knife.

The video released in 2015 prompted protests and nationwide outrage. It also drew federal scrutiny of policing in the nation’s third-largest city.

Second-degree murder usually carries a sentence of less than 20 years, especially for someone with no criminal history. Probation is also an option.

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Judge Vincent Gaughan on Friday also denied defense motions for an acquittal and a new trial.

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