Local Man, Serving Prison Sentence, Dies of Natural Causes

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by Tim Church


JOSEPH, Mo. – A man formally from Rockaway Beach, serving a 15-year prison sentence at the Western Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph, has died.

The State of Missouri Department of Corrections reports 78-year-old Arthur Finch died of natural causes on Wednesday, December 20th, at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph.

According to Hometown Daily News archives, Finch was serving a 15 year sentence for first-degree statutory sodomy, for which he was charged in May 2016. The charges stemmed from reports that he fondled a child under the age of 12 at his former residence near Rockaway Beach more than a decade ago.