Second oldest inmate dies in Cook County Jail of natural causes - New York News

Second oldest inmate dies in Cook County Jail of natural causes

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Chester Finklea, 79, was sentenced June 26, 2012, to 240 days in jail for driving on a suspended license, Cook County Sheriff's office spokesman Frank Bilecki said. Finklea was given day-for-day credit and could have served as few as 120 days.

He was being housed at the jail's hospital, Cermak Health Services of Cook County, with a variety of health problems, Bilecki said. He was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital just days after beginning his sentence.

Finklea died at the hospital at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. An autopsy determined he died of coronary atherosclerosis and diabetes mellitus, and the death was ruled natural.

Bilecki said Finklea was the second-oldest person in custody at the time of his death. The oldest is 84-year-old Clyde Jones, who was booked into the jail Oct. 12, 2012, on domestic battery.

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended

    Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:55 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:55:06 GMT
    A federal mediator is on her way to New York to try to resolve a labor faceoff at New York's Metropolitan Opera.
    New York's Metropolitan Opera says labor talks with its unions have been extended for an additional 72 hours, averting a threatened midnight lockout.
  • New York's smallest piece of private land

    New York's smallest piece of private land

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:45:15 GMT
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
  • Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:26:44 GMT
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices