Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley are announcing the conviction of Jesus Larosa of Chicago for the murder of 85-year-old Alfred Hilton. In May of 2014, after missing a church event, Hilton was found severely beaten and strangled to death with a telephone cord at his residence on Bemes Road in Crete Township. The home had been ransacked and two televisions and a BB gun had been stolen.
Will County Sheriff’s detectives worked diligently on the case for fifteen months, following hundreds of tips and leads. In March 2016, a tip came in which enabled Sheriff’s detectives to identify Larosa as a new suspect. After the warrant was issued for his arrest, Larosa fled to Alabama. Spearheaded by Sheriff’s detectives, a multi-state manhunt ensued. In April 2016, Larosa was apprehended by U.S. Marshalls in Dallas, TX and was brought back to Will County for prosecution.
Yesterday, the jury deliberated for approximately four and a half hours before finding Larosa guilty on three counts of first-degree murder. Sentencing is scheduled for May 17th. Larosa served 20 years for a prior murder conviction and was out on parole when Hilton was murdered. Larosa faces a mandatory life sentence.
Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow credited the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division for their dedication and diligent work on this case that enabled prosecutors to obtain a guilty verdict. He also praised his Assistant State’s Attorneys for their fine work.
Will County Sheriff’s Detectives would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Hilton family who, although faced with the senseless murder of their father, consistently extended their support and patience during the entire investigation. It is hoped that the conviction of this individual can bring some solace and a new sense of peace from this tragic incident.