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Cop Sentence Sought in Batavia Break-In

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A public defender in Kane County seeking leniency for his client wants a judge there to apply the same sentencing guidelines used for the Chicago cop convicted in the high-profile killing of teenager Laquan McDonald five years ago. Nicholas Feda requested that Christopher Turecek be sentenced on the lesser of the convictions he received in July in connection with a Batavia break-in and assault. Kane County Associate Judge Kathryn Karayannis heard arguments last week. A jury found Turecek guilty of home invasion and aggravated battery during an incident that took place on Labor Day 2018.

A Class 3 felony, aggravated battery allows for a probationary sentence. The state’s attorney requested Turecek be sentenced on the Class X home invasion charge, which carries a minimum prison term. Feda said the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision not to revisit the 81-month sentence given Jason Van Dyke on a more stringent charge of second-degree murder in the McDonald case should guide Karayannis when she renders a decision next month. He escaped a string of consecutive jail terms when a judge in Cook County declined to address 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm at sentencing in January.