Convicted Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead in jail cell
Ariel Castro (Photo: WJW)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro was found dead, hanging in his cell Tuesday night according to reports in Cleveland.
He was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years on August 1 for kidnapping and sexually assaulting Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus while holding them captive in his house for more than 10 years.
Fox 8 in Cleveland reports Castro was in protective custody. Checks were to be made every 30 minutes.
The report also says JoEllen Smith of the Ohio Department of Corrections released a statement, which read in part: “Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.”