Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder by a jury Friday afternoon for the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, according to multiple reports.
Van Dyke was convicted on the murder charge as well as all 16 counts of aggravated battery for shooting 16 times at the black teenager. However, the jury did not find proof he committed official misconduct, according to a local report.
At sentencing, Van Dyke will face four to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder and six to 30 years on each of the 16 counts of aggravated battery. He will be held without bail until sentencing, another outlet reported.
The officer had pleaded not guilty after being charged with first-degree murder in late 2015, but jurors were only given the opportunity to decide on the charge of second-degree murder.
McDonald's shooting death made national headlines in 2015 when a Chicago judge ordered the release of a police video of the incident. Chicagoans protested in the streets for days to call for justice for McDonald.
The footage showed McDonald, who had been carrying a knife while he walked in the middle of a street away from the officers at the scene. Van Dyke abruptly exited his car and began shooting at McDonald and continued shooting after McDonald fell.
In mid-2017, three other Chicago Police Department officers were indicted on state charges of obstruction for lying about the incident.
Detective David March and officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney were charged with conspiracy, official misconduct, and obstruction of justice for trying to protect Van Dyke.
"The indictment makes clear that these defendants did more than merely obey an unofficial ‘code of silence,' rather it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth," Special Prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said in a press release.