Malecek Faces Jail Time For Long Beach Fight
Long Beach beating victim Kevin Kennelly Jr.
A 20-year-old Chicago man has been sentenced to 145 days in jail after pleading guilty to fatally punching a 17-year-old boy on a LaPorte County beach.
James Malecek apologized for the 2011 punch that killed Kevin Kennelly Jr. of Chicago, saying during yesterday’s court hearing that it was a “terrible accident.” Authorities say Kennelly was trying to break up a fight when Malecek punched him during a Fourth of July beach party at Long Beach. Malecek pleaded guilty to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter and will also face four years of electronic monitoring.
Kevin Kennelly Sr. told reporters after the court hearing that Malecek was given a gift of a light sentence for killing his son.