Saturday, May 05, 2007

Inmate suffered fatal seizures during lockup!

A Chicago man found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center early Tuesday was ordered to be taken from the facility for a neurological examination late last year, court records show.Habib Solebo, 23, was discovered by a correctional officer at about 6:30 a.m., and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, the corrections facility said.

Solebo's attorney, Keri Ambrosio, said her client suffered from seizures and blackouts, and she had had difficulty assuring he had proper medical care since he was arrested early last year."I have a file full of medical care requests," Ambrosio said. "I am very interested and the family is very interested in reading the autopsy results."Solebo, of the 1200 block of West Pratt Boulevard, was awaiting trial on a charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in December had signed an order directing the Bureau of Prisons to transport Solebo out of the corrections center for testing.

"The examination shall include an MRI and any other test that the examiner deems appropriate in determining the cause of Mr. Solebo's seizures and blackouts," the order states.The document also sought a report on the tests and results.Ambrosio said she had been told that Solebo was removed for an examination about a week ago, but she said neither she nor his family had received updated information on his condition.

Vincent Shaw, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Correctional Center, said an investigation into the incident was ongoing, but preliminary indications were that the death was not a suicide or homicide. Shaw said he could not comment on Solebo's medical care.


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