The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 15, 2008

Summers County man charged with 1983 Chicago murder

State Police say a Summers County man has been arrested and charged with a 25-year-old Chicago murder.

Joseph M. Consentino, 60, of Talcott, was being held at Southern Regional Jail, according to Capt. S.F. Van Meter and jail records. He is being held as a fugitive from justice from Illinois, where he is charged with first-degree murder.

Consentino is charged in the 1983 Chicago murder of Lillian Violet Kessel, age and hometown unavailable, Van Meter said.

Consentino was taken into custody Monday by Sgt. J.L. Cooper and Cpl. A.S. Reed of the Hinton detachment and Chicago Police Detectives Thomas Johnson and Stephen Schorsch, Van Meter said.

Consentino will have an extradition hearing Monday before Summers County Circuit Judge Robert Irons, Van Meter said.

The Register-Herald contacted the Chicago Police Department for further information about the case, but phone calls were not immediately returned Friday.

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