The man found guilty of holding three young Ohio women captive for nearly a decade is dead. Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, a community located south of Columbus in central Ohio, JoEllen Smith, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokesman, said early Wednesday.
An apparent suicide was committed even though Castro was in protective custody according to Smith. Every 30 minutes he was checked on due to his infamous but widely known case. Castro was sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.
CPR was performed on Castro by prison medical staff and he was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital.