Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014 with 16 shots, was released from prison Thursday.
Van Dyke served little more than three years of a nearly seven-year prison sentence for killing the Black teenager.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office confirmed the release to CNN Thursday.
Van Dyke’s early release is tied to good behavior in prison.
During his 2019 sentencing hearing, Van Dyke read a statement saying, “Oct. 20, 2014, will always be the worst day of my life.”
He was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.
The Rev. Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s great uncle, told CNN Van Dyke’s prosecution and conviction delivered justice.