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Prosecutor in Laquan McDonald case holding news conference

CHICAGO - Illinois’ attorney general is holding a news conference with the prosecutor who won a conviction against the white Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Neither Attorney General Kwame Raoul nor Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon have said what Monday’s news conference is about.

But it comes after the attorney general’s office had signalled that it may ask the Illinois Supreme Court to intervene over what prosecutors see as a too lenient sentence for Jason Van Dyke. A judge gave him less than seven years in prison for second-degree murder.

Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of between 18 and 20 years. The defence sought probation.

McMahon has said prosecutors can seek a court order that would send the case back to the judge for a new sentence.
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