Inmate dies at Atlanta’s federal penitentiary

A 31-year-old federal inmate died Monday morning after he was found unresponsive at the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta, authorities said.
A 31-year-old federal inmate died Monday morning after he was found unresponsive at the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta, authorities said.

Credit: File photo

Credit: File photo

Authorities are investigating the in-custody death of a federal inmate who was found unresponsive Monday morning at the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta.

Few details have been released about the death of 31-year-old Robert Snipes, who was serving a six-year prison sentence for robbing a bank in Illinois.

Snipes was found unresponsive at the medium-security penitentiary about 9:15 a.m., officials said in a news release. Prison staff performed life-saving measures after finding the inmate. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities have not released a cause of death in the case, but the FBI was notified, authorities said.

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“No staff or other inmates were injured and at no time was the public in danger,” prison officials said in the release.

According to federal court records, Snipes robbed a bank branch inside a Chicago grocery store after slipping the teller a note implying that he had a bomb in his backpack. He later pleaded guilty and received a 72-month prison sentence.

In 2018, Snipes tried to appeal his guilty plea and subsequent conviction, but that appeal was dismissed.

No additional details about his death were released.

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