Chicago man sentenced for Ind. beach fight death

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

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 northwestern Indiana beach.

James Malecek apologized for the 2011 punch that killed Kevin Kennelly Jr. of Chicago, saying during Thursday's LaPorte County 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 along Lake Michigan.

Malecek pleaded guilty to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter and will also face four years of electronic monitoring.

Kevin Kennelly told reporters after the court hearing that Malecek was given a gift of a light sentence for killing his son.

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