Inmate dies after throat is slashed at Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop

The federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A 57-year-old inmate died after his throat was slashed Saturday at a federal prison in the Loop.

Lonnie Painter was found unresponsive about 4:30 a.m. with life-threatening injuries at the Metropolitan Correctional Center at 71 W. Van Buren St., the U.S. Department of Justice said in a release.

Staff called for EMS and began life-saving measures on Painter, the release states. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Painter was reportedly slashed in his throat during an attack.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Emery Nelson declined to comment on the nature of the death.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office said Sunday that autopsy results were pending for further testing.

Painter had been at the jail since Oct. 8 after being sentenced to 180 months in prison for felony possession of a firearm, according to the DOJ’s release. He was sentenced in the Northern District of Indiana.

Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago holds 690 inmates of both genders, and currently houses R. Kelly, who faces several federal charges including child pornography, racketering and obstruction of justice.