Man gets 5 years for beating that led to 2013 death of his foster mother, Dorothy McGee, at their Kenwood home

Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Joshua David Brooks | Chicago Police

Joshua David Brooks | Chicago Police

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the death of his foster mother, Dorothy McGee, during a fight in their Kenwood neighborhood home in 2014.

Joshua David Brooks, 23, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of a family member on May 17 after a bench trial before Judge Thomas Hennelly, according to Cook County court records.

Brooks was arguing with the 58-year-old McGee about 4 p.m. March 25, 2014, at their home in the 400 block of East 46th Street, authorities said at the time.

The argument became physical and Brooks pushed McGee to the ground and began hitting her in the face, authorities said.

McGee suffered a cardiac event during the incident and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she died less than an hour later, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy found she died of heart disease, with diabetes, obesity and stress from the altercation as contributing factors, according to the medical examiner’s office. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Brooks ran away from the home, but was arrested a short time later at a neighbor’s apartment, according to police.

Judge Hennelly sentenced Brooks to five years in prison Wednesday, according to court records. He will receive credit for 896 days served in the Cook County Jail, and must serve one year of supervised release.

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