According to KTLA around midnight on Wednesday, convicted Cleveland kidnapper, Ariel Castro, was found dead Tuesday inside his jail cell at the Correction Reception Center in Oreint, Ohio.
Castro had held the three girls, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Michelle Knight, captive for over a decade. After being outed in July by an infamous 911 call by charismatic neighbor Charles Ramsey, Castro was sentenced August 1 to life in prison, plus 1,000 years for kidnap and sexual assault, and his home was torn down as part of a deal that kept Castro from a death sentence.
Because of his high profile, Castro was isolated from other inmates in the prison population for his own protection.
JoEllen Smith of the Ohio Department of Corrections has released the following statement:
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.
Ohio State Police and the Department of Corrections are investigating the death.
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