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73-year-old inmate serving life sentence at Stateville dies

J. B. Boston | Illinois Department of Corrections

A 73-year-old inmate serving a life sentence at the Stateville Correctional Center died Tuesday night of natural causes.

J.B. Boston was serving a life sentence for rape, home invasion and armed robbery at the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. He began serving his sentence in 1985.

Boston, who was on medical furlough, was pronounced dead at 6:39 p.m. Tuesday, according to IDOC records and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy found he died of heart disease and obesity, and his death was ruled natural, according to the medical examiner’s office.

An IDOC spokesperson confirmed that Boston died at an outside hospital Tuesday, but did not provide additional details.