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Plea deal reached in Beverly teen death

A Lakeview man charged with punching and killing a teen on an Indiana beach, agreed plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Malecek and Kennelly

According to prosecutors, 20-year-old James Malecek punched 17-year-old Kevin Kennelly in the head during a fight in Long Beach July 4, 2011.

Kennelly died from his injuries two days later.

The Chicago Suntimes reports Malecek will serve some jail time and four years probation.

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12 Comments to “Plea deal reached in Beverly teen death”

    pagan69 said:
    March 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Life is Cheap in Chicagoland

    HVK said:
    March 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    "involuntary"? Seemed deliberate to me.

      kbo said:
      March 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      he beat his ass 4 real

    Dana said:
    March 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Why do they need a plea deal when the evidence is overwhelming? Seems like a "fastfood" justice system here. Just for the sake of delivering swift and cost-efficient justice. That thug will just do about three to five years of time.The parents of the victims shouldn't be allowing the prosecutors to accept the plea.

      318mopar said:
      March 16, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      That kids parents should sue that guy for wrongful death.

    No Mercy said:
    March 16, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    What the fuck? Plea deal?

    kirby1414 said:
    March 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Why are they offering a deal??? The only 'deal that I'd offer this killer is which arm he wants the needle in…They have the death penalty in Indiana, don't they??

    FishMan said:
    March 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    He killed somebody. WTF!

    Never should have happen. Some idiot acting like a tough guy. What the hell did this kid do to you.

    This was the Father's Only Son! In addition he is a Chicago Fireman who gives to the city.

    Pray and support this family.

    Classless Clueless said:
    March 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    It is unbelievable to me how completely classless all these posts are. And of course one sided. Would it make a difference if you knew this young man was defending his sister who was bullied with racial slurs? This was not a beach brawl. It was a tragic accident in a boy defending himself and his sister again teenagers known to have drinking issues. And hugely outnumbered. He threw one punch to get himself and his sister out of the situation. This was not intentional or anyone acting like a tough guy – in fact it's the other way around. These posts sicken me because it makes it seem as if anyone with an opinion lacks class, and empathy.

    NFG said:
    May 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Classless Clueless – great name, sums you up terrifically. If Malecek was acting out of self defense and is such a nice guy he wouldn't have plead guilty. That alone says it all. Please don't make things up, you were not there you don't know what was said and what wasn't. It's not fair for you to toss around accusations such as "known to have drinking issues".

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