Criminal Justice

Malecek Faces Jail Time For Long Beach Fight

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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.


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