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Richard Vanecko, Richard M. Daley's nephew, pleads guilty

Richard Vanecko, Richard M. Daley's nephew, pleads guilty
Richard Vanecko, Richard M. Daley's nephew, pleads guilty
Richard Vanecko, Chicago Police Department photo (left); David Koschman (right)

Richard Vanecko, one of former Mayor Richard Daley’s nephews, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of David Koschman, according to the Chicago Tribune on Friday afternoon. Richard Vanecko will serve 60 days in jail. After that, he will be on probation for another 30 months. The deal was reached with the special prosecutor in the Vanecko-Koschman case.

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Additionally, Vanecko needs to apologize to Koschman’s mother Nanci and pay $20,000 in restitution for the death of the woman’s son. The mother of the deceased 21-year-old said she was never out for revenge – she just wanted an apology.

Koschman died after a confrontation with Vanecko outside a bar on Rush Street a decade ago. During the argument, Vanecko punched Koschman who fell to the ground and hit the back of his head. He died 11 days after that incident. It took a long time for anything to happen to Vanecko, and it was long-believed that he was being given special treatment because he was a nephew of then-mayor Richard M. Daley.