Ariel Castro was convicted of sexually assaulting and holding three women captive for years in his Cleveland, Ohio home. His lifeless body was discovered in his cell Tuesday.
He stole a decade of their lives — and their justice.
Ariel Castro, the monster convicted of kidnapping and keeping three women as sex slaves in his Cleveland, Ohio, home was found hanging in his prison cell Tuesday, correction officials said.
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His lifeless body was discovered by authorities at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient around 9:20 p.m.
Prison medical staff tried to resuscitate the 52-year-old, but he was pronounced dead at at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center at 10:52 p.m.
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Castro was sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison for abducting and sexually assaulting Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus over the course of a decade.
Ohio State Police and the Department of Corrections are investigating the death.
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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 released the following statement:
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“Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 p.m. 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.”
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