Justice For Jacob: Murderer Gets 15 Years For 2014 Beating Death On Lincoln Park Sidewalk

A flyer seeking information about the death of Jacob Klepacz outside of Wrigley Field in 2014. | CWBChicago

 Nearly four years after 32-year-old Jacob Klepacz was beaten to death on a Lincoln Park street, his murderer is going to prison.


Marco Alvarado, 24, pleaded guilty today to one count of murder in the case. Judge Nicholas Ford sentenced Alvarado to 15 years in prison plus two-years supervised release and gave him 1,306 days of credit for time served awaiting trial. Eleven other felony counts, including robbery, were dropped in the plea deal.

On April 27, 2014, Klepacz stepped out to watch a Blackhawks game with friends at a Streeterville bar. He later went to another bar in Wrigleyville on his own.

A 2014 photo of Klepacz in Wrigleyville | Facebook

At 3:55 a.m. on April 28, Alvarado stepped out from between two buildings in the 1500 block of West Fullerton and attacked Klepacz in a robbery attempt. Another man who was with Klepacz fled the scene uninjured and immediately called 911 to report the attack. Cops found Klepacz unresponsive and suffering from severe head trauma on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead shortly after that.

For more than 10 weeks, Klepacz’s friends and family struggled with the Chicago Police Department’s classification of his case as a “death investigation.”  Days after the attack, detectives attended a neighborhood CAPS meeting where they cryptically stated that their investigation was “moving in the right direction” but that they were waiting for “science.”

Volunteers established social media accounts calling for “Justice For Jacob” and saturated Wrigleyville and the attack site with handbills and flyers, hoping to drum up leads for police.

Alvarado’s parole date has not yet been established.

Previous Coverage

  • DEATH INVESTIGATION: Man Found Beaten On Fullerton Dies; Had Been In Wrigleyville, Streeterville
  • SOURCE: Strangers, Beating Victim Met On Red Line
  • LATEST: After Dugout, Jacob Klepacz Rode Red Line To Howard Terminal With Man Who Would Later Call 911
  • UPDATE: Latest On The Jacob Klepacz Case
  • JACOB KLEPACZ: Friends Set Up Social Media, Flyer Campaign; An Unfortunate Coincidence
  • KLEPACZ CASE: Cops Offer Nothing At Community Meeting; “Extremely Concerning”
  • JACOB KLEPACZ CASE: The Long Wait For “Science”

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