CHICAGO – A white police officer from Chicago who shot and killed black teenager Laquan McDonald was attacked by inmates in his cell in a prison in Connecticut, the officer's wife said Wednesday.
Jason Van Dyke was taken to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut earlier this month. He was rushed to the general population of the prison hours after his arrival and attacked there, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
"We are all petrified and fear for Jason's life," his wife Tiffany Van Dyke told the newspaper. "Jason just wants to serve his sentence, he does not want trouble, I hope the prison officials take steps to rectify this immediately, he should never have been in the general population."
Details of the incident were not immediately clear. A spokesman for the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury was unavailable when the Associated Press called on Wednesday evening.
A Cook County, Illinois jury found in October that Jason Van Dyke had been convicted of second-degree murder and had increased by 16 for the murder of McDonald, who was shot 16 times. In January, Van Dyke was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison.
The prosecutor's office on Monday called on the Illinois Supreme Court to review the sentence. They said that they believe that Judge Vincent Gaughan misapplied the law in condemning Van Dyke.
Without a new sentence, Van Dyke will likely remain in office for only about three years, with good behavior.
Van Dyke was held at Rock Island County Prison in Rock Island, Illinois, approximately 240 kilometers west of Chicago, before entering the low-secured Connecticut Prison. District authorities said he was expelled from the general population of the Illinois prison.
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