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Daley nephew pleads guilty in man's death

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 3:00 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — A nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a man he got into a fight with outside a bar in 2004.

Richard J. Vanecko entered the plea at a Rolling Meadows courthouse Friday as part of a deal with a special prosecutor. In exchange, Vanecko will receive 60 days in jail followed by 60 days of home confinement. He also has to pay $20,000 in restitution.

Twenty-one-year-old David Koschman died days after he fell and struck his head during the fight.

The case has generated widespread media attention, fueled in large part by stories in the Chicago Sun-Times. The stories raised questions about whether Chicago police and county prosecutors mishandled the original case.

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