His attorney, Jennifer Blagg, told CNN that an incident happened where he’s detained, but would not characterize what it was. She also declined to provide details on where he’s imprisoned for safety reasons.
“I’ve learned there was an incident where Jason was housed,” she said Wednesday night. “We have expressed our concerns to the Illinois Department of Corrections and hope that they will act as expeditiously as possible to ensure he is safe.”
“We are all petrified and in fear for Jason’s life,” she told the paper. “Jason just wants to serve his sentence. He does not want any trouble. I hope prison officials will take steps to rectify this right away. He never should have been in the general population.”
Prosecutors are challenging his sentence
The aggravated battery charges carried potentially more prison time. Each of the 16 counts would have carried a minimum sentence of six years in prison. When combined, he could have faced up to 96 years in prison, a stiff penalty many protesters and activists were hoping for.
Authorities said they plan to work with the court to review the legality of the sentence.
Van Dyke had argued he fired in self-defense after he said McDonald lunged at him with a knife. But a Chicago police dashcam video showed McDonald walking away from police, rather than charging at them.
The release of the video led to protests and a national conversation about police use of deadly force. Van Dyke has been in custody since his conviction in October.
CNN’s Darran Simon contributed to this report.