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

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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.

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