An Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison for his murder of an 85-year-old Crete Township man in 2014. The victim, Alfred Hilton, was found severely beaten and strangled to death with a telephone cord in the kitchen of his home on the 3200 block of Bemes Road. His body was discovered on May 14, 2014, after he missed a church event. The home had been ransacked, and two televisions and a BB gun were stolen. On March 12, a jury found Jesus Larosa guilty on three counts of first degree murder in the death of Mr. Hilton. Larosa had served 20 years for a prior murder conviction, and was out on parole when Mr. Hilton was murdered.
Will County Sheriff detectives received a tip in March 2016 enabling them to identify Larosa as a new suspect. Larosa fled to Alabama after the warrant was issued for his arrest. A multi-state manhunt spearheaded by Sheriff’s detectives ensued. Larosa was apprehended in Dallas, Texas, in April 2016 and brought back to Will County for prosecution.