2003-09-19 / Front Page

Elderly Man Dies During Domestic Dispute

Queens DA Declines Prosecution Due To Lack of Evidence
Elderly Man Dies During Domestic Dispute Queens DA Declines Prosecution Due To Lack of Evidence

An elderly Far Rockaway man died on Friday, September 12 while involved in what police are terming a "physical dispute" with his wife of many years.

When police officers from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway responded to a call of a man with difficulty breathing at 135 Beach 19 Street, at 12:55 a.m., they found Jack Sileecia, 73, on the floor of the 12th floor apartment he shared with his wife, Renee, 66.

Emergency Medical Technicians at the scene declared Sileecia dead on the scene.

Police later arrested Renee Sileecia on assault charges in connection with her husband’s death. Police charged her with assault in the third degree.

According to sources at the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Public Information (DCPI), Sileecia and his wife were involved in a physical dispute when he "ran out of breath and collapsed."

The couple, who had a history of domestic violence, threw household items at one another during the dispute, according to a story in The Daily News.

At press time, a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown issued the following statement to The Wave: "The husband had heart disease and diabetes. He had an argument with his wife and sustained a scratch on his arm. After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances in his death, we found no evidence that his death was the result of criminal conduct."


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