These are the Charges Officer Jason Van Dyke Faces in Shooting of Laquan McDonald - NBC Chicago

High-profile trial for Chicago officer who shot Laquan McDonald

These are the Charges Officer Jason Van Dyke Faces in Shooting of Laquan McDonald

Jason Van Dyke fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014

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    Van Dyke Details What He Saw in Shooting of Laquan McDonald

    Jason Van Dyke takes the stand in his murder trial to testify on what he saw in the moments before and during the shooting of Laquan McDonald. 

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018)

    Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been accused of murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. But that's not the only charge he's facing. 

    There are 19 total counts against Van Dyke - two counts of first-degree murder, 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of official misconduct. 

    There were initially six counts of first-degree murder, but four of them were dropped at the start of his trial. 

    As the jury in Van Dyke's murder trial prepared to decide his fate, the prosecution revealed in their closing statements that jurors can deliberate on a lesser charge of second-degree murder. 

    Here's a breakdown of the charges Van Dyke faces: 

    #1 Murder/Intent to Kill/Injure with Firearm (45 years to Life)

    #2 Murder/Strong Probabilty Kill/Injure Firearm (45 years to life)

    Murder counts three, four, five and six were dropped before trial began. Second-degree murder holds a penalty of between four and 20 years in prison, though a four-year probation term is possible instead of prison. 

    #7-22 Aggravated Battery/Discharge Firearm (6 to 30 years- must serve 85 percent)

    #23 Official Misconduct/Forbidden Act (2 to 5 years)

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