Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Found Dead In Prison Cell

Convicted rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro was found hanging in his jail cell on Tuesday evening (Sept. 3), according to the Associate Press. Prison officials at Correctional Reception Center in Orient found him in his cell and medical staff tried to administer CPR. He was then immediately transferred to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officials are calling this a suicide.

Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith of the Ohio Department of Corrections released a statement via Cleveland’s 19 Action News:

Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals. Upon finding inmate Castro, prison medical staff began performing life saving measures. Shortly after he was transported to OSUMC where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 pm. A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.

The 53-year-old Ohio man had held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade and, on Aug. 1, was sentenced life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape. — Stacy-Ann Ellis

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