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Special Prosecutor To Release Report in Koschman Case

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Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko accepts plea deal in the 2004 death of 21-year-old David Koschman of Mt. Prospect.

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Judge Orders Koschman Report Sealed Until Trial

Judge Michael Toomin ruled Wednesday against a request by NBC5 and the Chicago Sun-Times and kept the special prosecutor’s report in the death of David Koschman sealed until the trial of R.J. Vanecko. Carol Marin reports.

NBC 5 and Sun Times Ask to Unseal Webb Report on Koschman

Carol Marin reports from the NBC 5 studio on a development in the R.J. Vanecko case. Attorneys for NBC5 and the Chicago Sun-Times have filed a request to remove the seal on the grand jury report regarding the death of David Koschman. Special Prosecutor Dan Webb asked in September that his 17-month grand jury probe be sealed. Presiding Judge Michael Toomin agreed.
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UPDATE: Special Prosecutor Releases Report in Koschman Case

Special prosecutor Dan K. Webb on Tuesday morning plans to release a 162-page report regarding the death of David Koschman that was ordered sealed until the trial of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko.

Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, pleaded guilty last week in the 21-year-old Koschman's death.

The guilty plea was in exchange for 60 days in county jail, 60 days of home confinement with electronic monitoring, $20,000 in restitution and an apology. He also must spend the maximum 30 months on probation.

Attorneys for NBC5 and the Chicago Sun-Times filed a request last year to remove the seal on Webb's 17-month grand jury probe. The report was sealed by Judge Toomin at Webb’s request.

Webb was appointed in 2012 to investigate the death of Koschman who died in 2004 following an argument outside the bars on Division Street, and whether or not police or members of the State’s Attorney’s Office intentionally acted to impede the prior investigation.

Neither police nor prosecutors brought charges in 2004 or when the case was reinvestigated in 2011, following questions raised by the Sun-Times and NBC5.

Vanecko was indicted, in late 2012, on a single charge of involuntary manslaughter.

In a September written statement, Webb said no additional charges would be brought because the statute of limitations had run on any possible wrongdoing in 2004. And that there was “insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt any state criminal law violations” by members of the Chicago Police Department in 2011.

Webb’s final report detailing the investigation was filed with the court on Sept. 19.

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