UPDATE: Dale Dean Finch Dies in Prison

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) -- State officials say a man convicted of killing two teenagers at a Rockford gas station on Christmas Eve in 1976 has died in a southern Illinois prison.

The Illinois Department of Corrections on Tuesday confirmed that 56-year-old Dale Dean Finch died Friday at Centralia Correctional Center. Finch was serving consecutive 50 and 100-year prison sentences in the deaths of gas station employees 17-year-old Michael Pixler and 16-year-old Randall Morton.

The Rockford Register Star reports that the Illinois Prisoner Review Board denied Finch parole 20 times. Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato says he made Finch's case a priority. Bruscato says he made "every effort" to keep him in prison.

Authorities say Finch shot the teens execution style and stole $600.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Dale Dean Finch won't be getting out of prison anytime soon.

The prisoner review board unanimously denied his request for parole today, saying he would be a risk to the community.

He was found guilty of killing two Rockford gas attendants during an armed robbery on Christmas Eve 1976.


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